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, 6:49 PM GMT on July 13, 2014
Monday It Will be 80 degrees in Yellowknife
The forecast for Monday in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories is for a high temperature of about 80 F. Pretty nice. Sunday it’s predicted to be 80 in Inuvik, here’s a link to the Inuvik Weblog: Saving lives above the Arctic Circle!
Of course the more important news is that “Temperatures could drop to sweatshirt weather by Tuesday, when an unseasonably cool pool of air is expected to reac...
Updated: 5:35 PM GMT on July 14, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:49 PM GMT on July 09, 2014
Sea-Level Variability: A Primer
The comments in the last blog helped me realize the complexities of sea-level rise. In this entry I am going to explore sea-level rise more rigorously. I will continue using the East Coast of the U.S. as a case study.
One of the most certain consequences of the warming planet is that sea level will rise and land will be flooded. My mantra is that the temperature of Earth’s surface will rise, ice will melt, ...
Updated: 5:36 AM GMT on July 10, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:08 AM GMT on June 30, 2014
North Carolina's Friendly Mountain Breezes, Sandy Beaches and Sea-Level Rise
In the last entry, I promised to write more about sea-level rise on the East Coast of the U.S. My motivation is, partially, the North Carolina General Assembly putting a moratorium on rules, plans and policies that were based on the projections of greater sea-level rise. The NC Coastal Resources Commission was directed to provide a sea-level projection to be used by planners. T...
Updated: 3:19 PM GMT on July 03, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:25 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Policy and Regulations: North Carolina and Sea Level
Back in 2012, I wrote a blog about the Dust Bowl and sea-level rise in North Carolina. As a North Carolina native who spent much time on the coast in my first 25 years, I wanted to return to what North Carolina lawmakers are doing about sea-level rise. The NC General Assembly placed itself out in front on the sea-level rise problem a couple of years ago, when it tried to manage sea-level rise by, s...
Updated: 1:34 AM GMT on June 30, 2014
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:30 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
Coal, Electricity, Fracking, Carbon Dioxide and the EPA
Update on 20140623 EPA and carbon dioxide pollution (not specifically related to the clean power initiative discussed below).
When I first started to learn about climate-change policy, coal-burning power plants were always mentioned as logical, perhaps easy, targets for regulation and policy. The reasons are 1) coal is considered the most polluting of the classic fossil fuels: coal, ...
Updated: 8:12 PM GMT on June 23, 2014