It’s April, Time to Finally Think About 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 ...

Climate Change

Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on April 07, 2015

A Doubtful, Dangerous Collection

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...

Climate Change News Climate Change Politics

Updated: 10:24 PM GMT on March 13, 2015

Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed

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...

Climate Change Climate Change News

Updated: 1:43 PM GMT on February 27, 2015

Nell, Dudley and Snidely: Uncertainty

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...

Climate Change Climate Change Attribution Extreme Weather

Updated: 10:42 PM GMT on February 17, 2015

Headlining Again: Flirting with Insufferable

By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:22 PM GMT on February 09, 2015

Headlining Again: Flirting with Insufferable

Two weeks ago, on January 25, a public affairs representative asked me if I wanted to make a statement in advance of the historic blizzard predicted for the Northeast. After that conversation, a little write up was released offering me up as an expert for the press. My comment was that I didn’t think the storm should be conflated with climate change, and I had doubts about it being “historic.” This, of...

Climate Change News Extreme Weather Climate Change

Updated: 7:08 AM GMT on February 17, 2015

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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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