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Ozone treaties, U.S. fiscal irresponsibility, and the Euro: three threads, intertwined

Inside the first section of today’s Washington Post? An article by Juliet Eilperin, who reports that India and China have objected to a proposal for phasing down production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s) that would have started in 2014. Inasmuch as HFC’s … Continue reading

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Idled: an (imposed) loss of “agency” hurts our nation and the world.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these … Continue reading

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Meteorologists celebrate Labor Day – and serve the world.

“Without labor, nothing prospers.”– Sophocles “Nothing will work unless you do.”– Maya Angelou A day off is a good thing. With ten such holidays here in the United States we might envy nations who offer more. Cambodia leads the world … Continue reading

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You’ve got Mail!

Time was, e-mail was rare, and all e-mail was exciting. Today’s title phrase channels that 1990’s buzz. Baby boomers and perhaps a few Millennials recall dial-up (!!!) e-mail and AOL (the two were practically synonymous then) and this iconic AOL … Continue reading

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Doug Lilly, 1929-2018

Last night’s inbox contained the kind of e-mail string none of us wants to see, but the sort that nevertheless insists on showing up all too frequently: Dear AMS Council Members  –  We lost an AMS Honorary Member yesterday;  see … Continue reading

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“War” is in the air. WWCPD?

There’s war in the air these days. The U.S. and Korea are at loggerheads. With great fanfare, Putin brags that Russia is developing nuclear arms able to avoid missile defenses. China is rapidly building and deploying its military, projecting power … 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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What meteorologists might stand to learn from Taylor Swift.

This morning’s Washington Post ran an article on Taylor Swift and her 2017. Some excerpts. Two weeks ago, on her 28th birthday, Taylor Swift posted a picture to Instagram that her guitarist took during a recent show at an arena … Continue reading

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Building U.S. disaster resilience.

Prologue: With each passing day, the Puerto Rican disaster reveals its true extent. It’s no mere disaster (a word cheaply tossed about), but a dire – and deepening – humanitarian crisis. Three million islanders need help now with food, water, … Continue reading

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Climate change? Whatever changes this week, some things will stay the same.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) What’s past is prologue – William Shakespeare (The Tempest) Saturday’s print edition of the Washington Post … Continue reading

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