I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. These articles often come from and contribute to the course.
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:00 PM GMT on March 13, 2015
A Doubtful, Dangerous Collection
This is just a collection of climate-change from the last couple of weeks. It’s been a curious time in the news. I’ll put in a comment every now and then, and some I’ll just let sit there.
1) Merchants of Doubt: In 2010 Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway published an excellent book Merchants of Doubt. There is a now a documentary film by Robert Kenner. It has opened in New York and Los Angeles, and as o...
Updated: 10:24 PM GMT on March 13, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:15 AM GMT on February 27, 2015
Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed
If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.
Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year...
Updated: 1:43 PM GMT on February 27, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:07 AM GMT on February 17, 2015
Nell, Dudley and Snidely: Uncertainty
In last week’s article I wrote:
Probability and likelihood are notoriously difficult ways to communicate in quiet consultation, and even more difficult in newspapers, on the radio, television and online. Probability and risk are just made for conflicting headlines. The conclusions are, therefore, by definition, uncertain, and uncertainty can always fuel both sides of a rhetorical or a political argument...
Updated: 10:42 PM GMT on February 17, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:22 PM GMT on February 09, 2015
Headlining Again: Flirting with Insufferable
Two weeks ago, on January 25, a public affairs representative asked me if I wanted to make a statement in advance of the historic blizzard predicted for the Northeast. After that conversation, a little write up was released offering me up as an expert for the press. My comment was that I didn’t think the storm should be conflated with climate change, and I had doubts about it being “historic.” This, of...
Updated: 7:08 AM GMT on February 17, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:23 AM GMT on January 26, 2015
Changing the Headlines: Riffing on Revkin
I want to revisit the strategies of communication that we use when writing and talking about climate change. Back in 2011, Christine Shearer and I wrote, “Changing the Media Discussion on Climate and Extreme Weather.” A point that we made was that scientists needed to view their interactions with the press and public as more than an expert voice answering questions. We are also active participants in a conver...
Updated: 11:44 PM GMT on January 27, 2015