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

Analysis After the Midterm Election

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:31 AM GMT on November 11, 2014

Analysis After the Midterm Election

Have a bunch of blogs in the blogging part of my brain, including that typhoon that ended up in Alaska and going back to the Synthesis Report of the previous blog. Going to do a little analysis of the election and what it means for climate research and climate change. About a month ago at the National Center for Atmospheric Research a colleague sat down in front of me in the cafeteria and asked what I thought the elect...

Updated: 12:48 AM GMT on November 16, 2014

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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.

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Clouds in the lee of the Rockies at sunset.
Clouds in the lee of the Rockies at sunset.
Clouds in the lee of the Rockies at sunset.