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No science, no sustainability… the implications.

If vigorous advance of science and technology is a necessary condition for sustainability, then getting the social contract between science and society right is vital to humanity’s prospects. What features of that social contract matter? Today’s post considers one that’s … Continue reading

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No science, no sustainability.

On August 26, 1999 – almost two decades ago – Allan Bromley, science advisor to George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993, contributed an op-ed to the Washington Post, entitled No Science, no Surplus. His basic point? That America’s healthy finances and … 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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Confirmation hearings – then and now.

It’s the year 2018. The president has nominated you to serve as his science adviser. You’re seated before a committee of Senators. They’ll make an initial call on whether or not you should be confirmed. One asks, then another (with … Continue reading

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The president names a science adviser.

Tuesday I was composing a post for LOTRW. It began in this vein… This past week saw the Washington Post run yet another story on the lack of a presidential science advisor in the current administration. The story’s author, Ben … Continue reading

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Twenty Questions: hazards-style.

“A river is made drop by drop.” – Afghan proverb. Last week, the 43rd Annual Natural Hazards Workshop ran July 8-11 in Broomfield, Colorado. Several features make the occasion unique. For example, though the meeting is largely invitational, every year … 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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The future is in good hands: Chapter 18.

(Older guy’s annual question) What’s the favorite hobby of people my age? (early-career group’s annual answer) Travel? Golf?… Reading?… Bridge?… (old guy shakes his head, prompting increasingly sarcastic guesses) Bingo?… Naps? (Older guy) No… the favorite hobby of people my … Continue reading

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Tragedy on Main Street: six U.S. tales of repetitive loss.

Tragedy 1.a lamentable, dreadful, or fatal event or affair; calamity; disaster:stunned by the tragedy of so many deaths. 2.a dramatic composition, often in verse, dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically involving a great person destined to experience downfall … Continue reading

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What kind of world do we want?

  “A world that understands and trusts the role of the geosciences in fostering creative solutions for the Earth and humanity.” American Geosciences Institute vision statement What kind of world do we want[1]? The folks at the American Geosciences Institute … Continue reading

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