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By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:29 AM GMT on February 12, 2016
The End of The Enlightenment in The Land Down Under
Back in November, I wrote that our, the U.S.’s, political behavior seemed a concerted effort to accelerate our decline into the Dark Ages. This week we discover that we are not alone. Dr. Larry Marshall, the Chief Executive of CSIRO in Australia, announced large cuts in staff. CSIRO is the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization; it is Australia’s national science agency.
Updated: 3:49 PM GMT on February 12, 2016
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:09 PM GMT on February 01, 2016
Won't cha let me take you on a sea cruise?
I have a friend going a sea cruise, and he’ll be talking about climate change. He is expecting questions about the warming hiatus. Now, I don’t know what my readers think about scientists on vacation, but this sounds about right. I promised a summary of what has happened to the hiatus distraction since the last cruise.
I did a summary almost two years ago called, The Whole Silly Warming Pause,...
Updated: 6:29 PM GMT on February 01, 2016
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:47 PM GMT on January 26, 2016
My Head is Spinning
Indeed, my head is spinning. The big blizzard, the temperature in 2015, and another really warm air outbreak in the North Pole. Not to mention, that I got a couple of very interesting emails at what I planned for the end of my ExxonMobil blogs, so I seem to have another one of those fomenting. It’s all the warmy-coldy, floody-droughty, carbon-dioxide denying, solar flary, lead tastes sweet, apocalypty, head-spinning blues.
Updated: 8:29 PM GMT on January 26, 2016
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:05 AM GMT on January 18, 2016
The Difference between What You Say and What You Do
The New Year got off to a busy start. There was a drive from Colorado to Michigan, and I can report the continued proliferation of windmills and much water in the Illinois River. Then there was a cameo appearance at the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans. And, of course, school has started and this year we are going to analyze the realities of the Paris Agreement. Spent one ...
Updated: 11:12 PM GMT on January 20, 2016
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 1:45 AM GMT on January 01, 2016
Sunrise, Sunset / Sunrise, Sunset / Swiftly Flew 2014
Here’s an easy prediction for 2016. When we arrive at March 1, 2016, it will have been 31 years since there was a month when the global average surface temperature was below the 20th century average. That’s a slight modification from the first sentence of what was either the last of 2014’s blogs or the first of 2015’s blogs (link to deathless prose). I generally leave the reporting of the cu...
Updated: 3:07 AM GMT on January 02, 2016