Wagging the Dog

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.

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Climate Change

Updated: 3:57 PM GMT on December 24, 2014

Turn Off the Carbon Dioxide Emissions – It Still Gets Warmer

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:26 AM GMT on December 12, 2014

Turn Off the Carbon Dioxide Emissions – It Still Gets Warmer

I have a piece that went up today on a new-to-me website called The Conversation. It’s title is: What would happen to the climate if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases today? I try to explain with not so many words - if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide today, why does the temperature keep going up.

In this blog, I will provide some background material that might make thing...

Climate Change

Updated: 3:44 PM GMT on December 12, 2014

California Drought, El Niño, Warm Earth (One more time)

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 3:34 AM GMT on December 05, 2014

California Drought, El Niño, Warm Earth (One more time)

Addition 12/10: Another Storm Coming to California. This is good.

This is the next in my series of El Niño updates. Previous entries

May 2014, Tracking El Niño and Underlying Models.
July 2014, Tracking El Niño: Summertime Update.
October 2014, El Niño, California Drought, and Predictions

In November I got some nice attention from the New Yor...

Climate Change Politics Climate Change

Updated: 4:36 PM GMT on December 10, 2014

Essay on Need to Adapt

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 3:31 AM GMT on December 01, 2014

Essay on Need to Adapt

The Earth is warming, sea levels are rising, and the weather is changing. We know that the Earth has warmed and will continue to warm due to the carbon dioxide we are releasing into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels—and the warming is and will be disruptive. Five years ago the talk was “if” we limited the increase in the average surface temperature of the Earth to 2 degrees Celsius, then we would avoid “dangerous” cli...

Climate Impacts and Risks Climate Change

Updated: 10:40 PM GMT on December 07, 2014

IPCC Synthesis Report: What’s Actually in It?

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 12:47 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

IPCC Synthesis Report: What’s Actually in It?

My series of blogs following the El Nino forecasts got a nice call out in Andy Revkin’s Dot Earth Opinion Piece. I’ll probably do one more update in a couple of weeks.


At the beginning of November, I wrote a piece at the release of the IPCC Synthesis Report. From the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) website, the “Synthesis Report (SYR) synthesizes and integrates mater...

Climate Change News Climate Models

Updated: 3:44 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

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