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, 5:28 PM GMT on April 19, 2015
On Wisconsin: Champion of the Right
That was way too easy.
I was a child in the height of the Cold War. My family actually subscribed to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is the magazine that famously publishs a clock set a few minutes before midnight. This clock was the evaluation of those at the Bulletin of how far we were from the, well as my grade-school self understood it, the end of the world....
Updated: 5:30 PM GMT on April 19, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:02 AM GMT on April 07, 2015
It’s April, Time to Finally Think About 2015
April, winter semester at Michigan comes to an end. I’ve been re-grouping myself on the blogging front, thinking about where to pay attention for this year. I'm back.
My climate-change problem-solving class, this term, has had one excellent guest lecturer after another. With the help of my colleague in the Ross School of Business, Andy Hoffman, we decided to experiment with my class to see if ...
Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on April 07, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:00 PM GMT on March 13, 2015
A Doubtful, Dangerous Collection
This is just a collection of climate-change from the last couple of weeks. It’s been a curious time in the news. I’ll put in a comment every now and then, and some I’ll just let sit there.
1) Merchants of Doubt: In 2010 Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway published an excellent book Merchants of Doubt. There is a now a documentary film by Robert Kenner. It has opened in New York and Los Angeles, and as o...
Updated: 10:24 PM GMT on March 13, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:15 AM GMT on February 27, 2015
Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed
If you’re younger than 30, you’ve never experienced a month in which the average surface temperature of the Earth was below average.
Each month, the US National Climatic Data Center calculates Earth’s average surface temperature using temperature measurements that cover the Earth’s surface. Then, another average is calculated for each month of the year...
Updated: 1:43 PM GMT on February 27, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:07 AM GMT on February 17, 2015
Nell, Dudley and Snidely: Uncertainty
In last week’s article I wrote:
Probability and likelihood are notoriously difficult ways to communicate in quiet consultation, and even more difficult in newspapers, on the radio, television and online. Probability and risk are just made for conflicting headlines. The conclusions are, therefore, by definition, uncertain, and uncertainty can always fuel both sides of a rhetorical or a political argument...
Updated: 10:42 PM GMT on February 17, 2015