Ebola and Climate-Change Models

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 3:36 AM GMT on June 29, 2015

Ebola and Climate-Change Models

That title should upset somebody. Perhaps get a few hits for those looking to blame the Ebola outbreaks on climate change. I’m not doing that here. I do have some history of using Ebola to talk about climate change.

What got me thinking about Ebola again was a report on News Hour called Using the power of prediction to halt Ebola in its tracks. I will get to Ebola and Climate-Change Models after a few wor...

Climate Models

Updated: 12:53 PM GMT on June 29, 2015

Waiting for Il Papa

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 9:55 PM GMT on June 14, 2015

Waiting for Il Papa

There is no doubt that Pope Francis draws audiences across the world like few others. This coming week, on June 18, Pope Francis is expected to deliver an encyclical on the environment, addressing climate change and planetary sustainability. An encyclical is a papal letter sent to bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. The letter will be distributed to, approximately, 5000 bishops, and then it is expected to be transmitted to the 40...

Climate Change News Climate Change Politics Climate Change

Updated: 10:58 PM GMT on June 14, 2015

El Niño 2015: Let’s Try It Again

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:43 AM GMT on June 02, 2015

El Niño 2015: Let’s Try It Again

I haven’t looked through the El Niño world this year. A year ago, with aplomb, we were working through the Super El Niño flurry. Here is my series from 2014.

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

Climate Change News Climate Change

Updated: 3:55 PM GMT on June 02, 2015

Sustainability: Essential Research and Education

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:19 PM GMT on May 19, 2015

Sustainability: Essential Research and Education

My last blog was on universities divesting their endowments and pension funds from fossil fuel companies. One of the articles that I referred to was by George Will taking the position that divestment was sustainability gone wild. Will states that sustainability is like a religion with, for example, its premises “more assumed than demonstrated,” and “weighing the costs of obedience to sustainability’...

Climate Change

Updated: 5:02 PM GMT on May 19, 2015

Why I Support Student Fossil-Fuel Divestment Campaigns

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:34 PM GMT on May 02, 2015

Why I Support Student Fossil-Fuel Divestment Campaigns


Like many colleges and universities, students at the University of Michigan are advocating for the University to divest itself of fossil fuel assets. Specifically, Divest and Invest states “We, students at the University of Michigan, ask that the Regents form a committee composed of students, faculty and staff to determine the propriety of fossil fuel investments …” followed by a set of r...

Climate Change Politics Climate Change

Updated: 4:32 PM GMT on May 05, 2015

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