Environmental technology has never been better: It’s the environmental professionals that may be "endangered"
Viewed in the context of the progress made during the past month and where things may currently be relative to some ideal future state, environmental progress may seem motionless to some. Viewed in the context of a career spanning more than 30 years, the progress in environmental technology has been nothing short of phenomenal.
In the 1970s, computers occupied entire rooms, and interface was through punch cards without hanging chads (some technology areas have regressed). At the Shell Research Laboratory in Houston, we had a desktop mechanical calculator that would endlessly crank away. I saw a similar one in the Smithsonian recently. Today I bring my entire office with me to clients in a 4-pound laptop.