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Today’s reality dose: Hazards have a social side

Reality: Disasters – that is, disruptions of entire communities, persisting after an extreme has come and gone, and exceeding a community’s ability to recover on its own – are largely a social construct. Consider this simple example. Meteorologists call a … Continue reading

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At the risk of being the scold…

As a rule, with each LOTRW entry, I try to post a notice on Facebook, and tweet as well. This started as an effort to stay in touch with early-career colleagues using their social networks (of course many have long … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving reflections 2017. Part 1.

“Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among almost all religions after harvests and at other times. The Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America is rooted in English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation. It also has aspects … Continue reading

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Quanta of thought, attention span, ants… and meteorologists

This past week, Michael Rosenwald wrote a thoughtful piece for the Washington Post entitled Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say. Unsurprisingly, the piece itself is worth “serious reading,” as in: in its entirety…in one … Continue reading

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Weekend thoughts…on hope and despair…and their attribution

On September 12-14, Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute held a workshop on Extreme Meteorological Events, mores specifically on Attribution of Climate and Weather Extremes: Assessing, Anticipating and Communicating Climate Risks. Writing in Climate, Etc., Judith Curry provides an interesting commentary. … Continue reading

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Human Choice and the Weather-Ready Nation

Here’s a not-entirely whimsical assignment for anyone who claims to be interested in the link between social science and our goal of weather-readiness. Take the Ten suggestions for policymakers listed in Monday’s post – suggestions originally framed by Steve Rayner … Continue reading

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Nine billion people… living well on the real world? For that, we need an innovation infrastructure.

This is the last in our three-part mini-series on how our growing numbers can buy time for ourselves and for our planet, its atmosphere and oceans, its landscape and its ecosystems. You know we’re going to talk about innovation. The … Continue reading

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On garnering resources needed to cope with “slow-onset” hazards.

Continuing the thread of the previous post: “The threats from climate change, sea rise, drought and desertification, food security and many other slowly developing crises are not linked to dramatic events that focus media, public, and political attention. How well … Continue reading

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Lester Brown at the World Conference on Disaster Management.

The Keynote Speaker for this year’s World Conference on Disaster Management was Lester Brown, and his talk alone was worth the price of admission. He basically walked us all through the material in his latest book, World on the Edge: … Continue reading

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Rafting fire ants: role models for surviving troubled times

There’s nothing like a great scientific detection story. But a great bit of scientific sleuthing that also carries an embedded moral? Now that’s special. Once again, ants have provided the raw material, just as they have for earlier posts. This … Continue reading

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