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, 1:04 AM GMT on March 12, 2017
Dilemma: Past and Future of Science in Society
Dilemma: I like those old Greek words. They suggest hope, or perhaps, hopelessness. It is pretty clear from, say, Aristotle’s Treatise on Rhetoric, that the types of political arguments and of political behavior we see today have been around a long time. That includes attacks on reason, logic, and science. Hope, perhaps, is represented in that this is something that we have seen before. Hopelessness, beca...
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 10:00 PM GMT on February 03, 2017
Organization, Presence: Adaptive Management in the Trump Administration
Once again, I woke feeling great. Decided I need to think about how to manage my career or, well perhaps, what’s left of it. Think I am going back to my EOS editorial and see if any of what I said made sense.
I am one of those people who feel that there is value of organization and management in our science enterprise. This has been an albatross around the neck of my car...
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 12:11 AM GMT on January 10, 2017
Fear and Loathing, Irony and Deception
Surely, some will think that I will sound like an apologist in this blog. Oh, well.
Several colleagues have told me that my last blog / editorial was a struggle to find optimism. After finishing that blog, I had no sense of optimism. (I expect an updated version of the editorial will be published in the February print edition of EOS.)
A common emotion among my climate friends is a feeling of lo...
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 3:47 AM GMT on December 02, 2016
This is a stripped down version of an editorial that appeared on the American Geophysical Union’s EOS.org. Also note the formal citation at the end. Please read it there to give them the page counts. Thanks. r
I have a collection of documents on the presidential transition at this link.
Take the Long View on Environmental Issues in the Age of Trump
Donald Trump will be the next president. What will this mean for the environment...
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:10 AM GMT on November 05, 2016
Salience: On the Eve of the 2016 Election
A different version of this blog appears on ClimatePolicy.org
Salience is a word that in the social sciences has come to mean relevance, or perhaps, goodness of fit of knowledge to a particular problem. I use salience, probably overuse it, in class when I talk about making climate-change data relevant to planning and decision making. In conversational English, salience refers to something being importa...
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