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, 7:23 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
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:27 AM GMT on January 17, 2015
Not Writing About How Hot 2014 Was:
I will be the only climate-change blogger not writing about how hot it was in 2014. Nor will I write about how remarkable this fact might be because there was not an El Niño. I want all of my faithful blog readers to go back to my entry from May 29, 2014, and then paste into comments on other people blogs “We have remained warm, globally, despite relatively cool temperatures in the eastern Pacific. Given the impo...
Updated: 9:57 PM GMT on January 19, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:00 AM GMT on January 12, 2015
Big Loopy Road Trip: Energy in America Moves On
I still like the road trip, and last week I drove from Boulder, Colorado to Ann Arbor, Michigan. For two full days along U.S. 34, U.S. 136 and U.S. 36, I did not see a Starbucks, Cracker Barrel or a Whole Foods. Some of the bigger towns had a WalMart, but I was on the lookout for towns that might be big enough to support a Casey’s, literally sputtering into one because aging Subaru-san’s gas seems a l...
Updated: 2:33 PM GMT on January 14, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 12:01 AM GMT on January 02, 2015
Sunrise, Sunset / Sunrise, Sunset / Swiftly Fly the Years
Here’s an easy prediction for 2015. When we arrive at March 1, 2015, it will have been 30 years since there was a month where the global average surface temperature was below the 20th century average. We are creatures who like our milestones in years and decades and numbers divisible by 5, 10, 25 and 50 (like our currency), and a 30 year average is the definition of climate in the standard of cl...
Updated: 3:53 PM GMT on January 02, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:19 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Wagging the Dog
My piece that was published last week at The Conversation entitled, What would happen to the climate if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today? has had more than 350K reads – most read science and technology article of the week. Last week in my WU blog, I provided some background material trying to make that piece a little more intuitive. In this blog, I will expand on a couple of ideas that came up in the conversation.
Updated: 3:57 PM GMT on December 24, 2014