Who says print is dead? The response to my global warming column in the April 30 issue (and blog post) has been heartening not only for the number of responses via e-mail (30 and counting), but for depth of thinking. Of course, most of you disgreed with me that global warming is a top threat to mankind. Another common complaint is that I overlooked the fact climate changes have been naturally occurring regularly for centuries….scratch that, for millions of years. And several chided me for ignoring my educational background. Hey, I'm a journalist. I have no education-:) Some of you even agreed with me. Check out what your colleagues are saying.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
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