Author Archives: William Hooke

What kind of world is possible if we act effectively?

To review: LOTRW posts over the past two days have noted that in the Digital Revolution, just as in the earlier Industrial Revolution, we human beings are struggling to find our place. The Industrial Revolution began with human beings servicing … Continue reading

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Two postscripts to What kind of world is likely/do we want?

1. Lessons from history. Does humanity serve technology? Or does technology serve humanity? History books tell us that during the 19th century Industrial Revolution, the workweek could extend to 80 hours or even more. Those same books painted a gruesome picture … Continue reading

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What kind of world do we want?

“Here’s my policy on cake… I’m pro-having, and pro-eating.” – Boris Johnson, Politicians may not all be delightfully frank as London’s mayor, but they are well-known to want their cake and eat it too. But that’s unfair to politicians. They’re … Continue reading

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What kind of world is likely if we take no deliberate action?

It’s been awhile since we revisited the three questions on the LOTRW masthead. Today’s post and the two to follow give them a fresh look. Let’s stand back and take a running start with regard to the first one… What … Continue reading

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Speaking with one voice: building accord.

“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.” – African Proverb “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin “Hatred is so much … Continue reading

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Google Hangout tomorrow, September 18

Readers of this blog will be interested in the upcoming Google hangout on-air live webcast scheduled for Thursday, September 18 from 12:00-1:00 pm EDT. Entitled Overcoming Extreme Weather: Informing a Weather-Ready Nation, it brings together prominent government officials, academics, and … Continue reading

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Speaking with one voice: identifying pre-existing accord

“Recent” LOTRW posts have dealt with our desire to “speak with one voice” as an Earth observations, science, and services community, however tightly or loosely defined. On July 29 (an eternity ago, as measured in blogosphere years!) we agreed on … Continue reading

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Science is the Art of Approximation

Occasionally (all too rarely!), someone will offer a guest post for LOTRW publication. Below is a thoughtful and welcome contribution from John Plodinec, who’s posted here before. Scientists may seek Truth, but Science is the Art of approximation. Just as … Continue reading

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Want to speak with one voice? Then be of one accord.

“… the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” – Jesus[1] “The thought is father to the deed.” – American proverb We meteorologists frequently find ourselves urged to speak with one voice. As the opening quotes remind us, unanimity … Continue reading

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Ken Crawford remembered.

“When you’re born, you cry and the world laughs. Live your life so that when you die, you laugh and the world cries”.—origin unknown Norman, Oklahoma and the meteorological community has seen a second outpouring of grief in as many … Continue reading

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