Michael Tobis

Michael Tobis

Michael Tobis, editor-in-chief of Planet3.0 and site cofounder, has always been interested in the interface between science and public policy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences where he developed a 3-D ocean model on a custom computing platform. He has been involved in sustainability conversations on the internet since 1992, has been a web software developer since 2000, and has been posting sustainability articles on the web since 2007.

Recent Articles

mt Speaks in Austin Noon Sunday – WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HARD PROBLEM

Seen on Austin EcoNetwork:

The world has had a couple of generations of stability and a global economic system has emerged that has many benefits. Meanwhile, global sustainability problems like climate change have emerged which are technically solvable but which the current world finds very difficult to cope with. This talk will outline the scope of the problem, examine why the usual solutions we have developed to our problems are so ineffective against it, and discuss how we can move forward both locally here in Texas and globally as citizens of the world. [more]

QOTW: Buckminster Fuller

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. … We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. [more]

Texas and Climate Change – Victim, Villain, or Hero

That’s mt speaking

(mt is sorry about all the grinning at his own jokes, which doesn’t come off well. Now he understands about deadpan.)

The point is entirely serious., though. The world very much needs Texas onboard the transition to the future, and the way to get Texas on board is to appeal to honor and courage, not to guilt.