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, 4:51 AM GMT on April 09, 2014
Energy, Food, Population and Climate
I was reading this article, Green Energy Draws Investment Worldwide, which reports on the United Nations' Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investments 2014. The article documents that global investments in renewable energy dropped in 2013, but also notes that China now exceeds Europe in renewable energy investments. Part of the reason for reduced investment in renewable energy was due to the declining price of...
Updated: 3:58 PM GMT on April 09, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:25 PM GMT on March 27, 2014
Why is climate change different?
This blog was motivated by a question on piece that I posted in the Michigan Journal of Sustainability, The Conversation: Climate Change: A Fundamental Shift of Our Place in the World.
Climate change means that the average surface temperature of planet will warm, that ice will melt, that sea level will rise and that the weather will change. Climate change is a unique environmental challenge. One aspect of its ...
Updated: 11:00 PM GMT on March 31, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:38 AM GMT on March 15, 2014
No Energy Policy and Even Less Climate Policy
This week I gave a lecture on current energy use. Of the lectures I give, those on current energy use and trends are the ones I have to change the most from year to year. I remember that as a child in 1961 my father gave me a world atlas that stated that the U.S. had the world’s greatest petroleum reserves, and that all was quite rosy for the future. That didn’t turn out so well. If I look at the past ...
Updated: 7:01 PM GMT on March 15, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:22 AM GMT on March 04, 2014
Enjoying the Cold
In the last couple of weeks several people have sent me this comic, Cold, from xkcd. The cartoon draws from the work at Climate Central, an organization that is doing excellent work with data and communication about climate, weather and climate change. The point of the cartoon is that if you look back at the weather of not so long along ago, we saw cold temperatures like we have seen in the U.S. this...
Updated: 5:16 PM GMT on March 04, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:26 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
The whole silly warming pause, warming hiatus thing: Bumps and Wiggles (9)
I want to finish my start-of-the-semester important research findings with my synthesis of the knowledge we have about the pause or hiatus in warming. In my little collection of blogs, I have written about this several times, and I link some of those entries below. Sometime in 2005, those in the lobby opposing climate-change science started to beat the drum that warming of the pl...
Updated: 4:20 AM GMT on March 02, 2014