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Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria recovery: addenda

  Hasn’t been 24 hours since the previous LOTRW post updating the progress of the 2017 hurricane season recovery efforts, but two news items in today’s print media caught my eye. From the Washington Post comes this news: an argument … Continue reading

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria recovery: miscellaneous updates.

Five months after the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, recovery remains an elusive goal for many who found themselves in harm’s way. Contributing to the problem was a long delay in Congressional passage of desperately needed appropriations (recall that damage … Continue reading

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The FY 2019 budget.

“The President proposes, the Congress disposes.” – old Washington, DC adage Historically, U.S. presidents haven’t always submitted budgets to the Congress. In fact, prior to 1921, formulation of the budget was a jealously guarded Congressional prerogative. But as government grew, … Continue reading

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Scientists and Olympians, under stress, could do with more of the spirit of Zanshin, or… maybe something else.

“Man is not troubled by events but rather how he interprets them.” – Epictetus Surf the web a bit (does anyone use that expression any more?) and you’ll quickly conclude that today’s scientists are stressed. Non-scientists might think Of course! Who … Continue reading

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The future of meteorology… will be shaped by major social drivers.

What is the future of meteorology? Meteorologists know their discipline and its advance will help shape society and the future, much as Lorenz’s butterfly, going about its business, mindlessly impacts the weather and even climate downstream. But in the interim, … Continue reading

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America’s $100 Trillion “Capture-Management” challenge.

“America is open for business.” – President Donald Trump. News reports have it that the president’s recent trip to Davos and speech exceeded expectations. From his speech: “I’m here to deliver a simple message: There has never been a better … Continue reading

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Want to be an effective voice for science?

Watch and learn. “It’s startling to know there are individuals on the brink of adulthood who have spent their entire lives in a climate that, largely due to human activity, is vastly different from the one their parents experienced growing … Continue reading

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Novim’s latest study: Warning Signs: Effects of Proposed Federal Funding Cuts to Environmental and Climate Research and Development Programs.

“The boundary between science and policy is only one of several boundaries that hinder the linking of scientific and technical information to decision making. Managing boundaries between disciplines, across scales of geography and jurisdiction, and between different forms of knowledge … Continue reading

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Reflections on Martin Luther King Day.

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.” “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” … Continue reading

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Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space

“This beast is best felt. Shake, rattle, and roll. We are thrown left and right against our straps in spasmodic little jerks. It is steering like crazy, like a nervous lady driving a wide car down a narrow alley, and … Continue reading

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