Author Archives: William Hooke

Valentine’s Day reflection for Earth scientists

“Out of the heart, the mouth speaks.” – Jesus (Matthew 12:34) “Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.” – Gary Chapman[1]   Joel Achenbach has written an interesting piece you can find online at the Washington … Continue reading

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SB=IA as a guide for US investments in science. Annotations.

Last week’s LOTRW post introduced a new “equation[1],” reproduced here: (SOCIETAL BENEFIT)i = INNOVATION x APPLICATION A subsequent post will again pick up the thread of the main argument. This post is in the nature of an aside. It attempts … Continue reading

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U.S. “policy for science” … and a (possibly) new “equation” to focus minds.

Science policy analysts usually distinguish between “science for policy” and “policy for science.” The former denotes a unique role of science in informing policy on all aspects of the national agenda – national security, foreign affairs, the economy, public health, … Continue reading

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Is there an echo in here?

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the … Continue reading

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Climate Change? Anthropologists weigh in.

LOTRW readers may remember earlier posts referring to a four-volume report on Human Choice and Climate Change, Springer (1998) edited by Steve Rayner and Elizabeth Malone, with particular emphasis on their ten suggestions for policymakers. Here’s another welcome addition to … Continue reading

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WxGeeks. A serious voice in a vital national conversation.

WxGeeks. The name for this weekly offering of The Weather Channel has a lighthearted, slangy feel, but don’t be fooled. The conversation is pure gravitas. To see this, it helps to review a little history. Time was, more than half … Continue reading

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Want to reduce weather hype, weather blame? Then build weather resilience.

The term “news cycle” connotes coverage of an event, followed by reporting on reactions to the earlier reports by prominent figures and the general public. With the advent of cable, the proliferation of channels, and internet alternatives to broadcast and … Continue reading

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Schumpeter’s gale.

A victim of Schumpeter’s Gale…                                     …and the man himself Named tropical storms have been with us for decades; Andrew, Katrina, Sandy and other … Continue reading

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Craig McLean selected as Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

“If you want to move a barge, and you kick it – you’ll just hurt your foot. But if you lean against it, pretty soon it has to move your way.” – Joseph O. Fletcher Joe Fletcher, former NOAA OAR … Continue reading

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Going home… again?

“Don’t you know you can’t go home again?” the author Ella Winter[1] “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus Today I make passage through … Continue reading

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