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The Weather/Climate Enterprise… poised to become something more.

The 2022 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting wrapped up on January 27th. Throughout more than a year of preparation, the logistics and planning had been dogged by covid’s mutations and impacts. Early plans had envisioned a fully face-to-face meeting following … Continue reading

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We need a geo-civics.

“Civics is the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society. The term derives from the Latin word civicus, meaning “relating to a citizen”. The term relates to behavior affecting other citizens, particularly in the context of urban … Continue reading

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Remedial reading. April Lawson’s essay on building trust across the political divide.

You’ll want to read her absolutely brilliant and uplifting 2021 article. But first please indulge a bit of LOTRW backstory. Each year, come January 1, most of the world’s eight billion people share a common aspiration – to make their … Continue reading

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Does COP-26 have an Achilles heel? It could be a lack of the needed workforce.

This past week and over the next, those worldwide who are alarmed (and many of the merely concerned) by climate change are riveted on the daily news from COP-26, the latest in a multi-year series of global summits on that … Continue reading

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Economists channel their inner meteorologist.

The October 23-29 print edition of The Economist features a cover story entitled Instant Economics: the real time revolution. The story is good news for the Weather (Water, and Climate) Enterprise, and good news for the larger world. (To grossly … Continue reading

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Stream-of-consciousness: flowing from remembering Francis Bretherton, to end-use climate assessment, to Paul Robeson.

stream of consciousness: a narrative mode or method that attempts “to depict the multitudinous thoughts and feelings which [sic] pass through the mind” of a narrator. When I was in high school, my English teachers introduced me to this notion and terminology, … Continue reading

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Francis Bretherton, 1935-2021

The Earth sciences community lost one of its most luminous, influential lights on June 27th, with the passing of Francis Bretherton. The Webster-Kirkwood Times, a newspaper from the area near St. Louis where he had lived out his final years, … Continue reading

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Tooth, Tail, and Territory? Relationships among the three are as vital to innovation as they are to military conflict

[a great societal] “challenge, a development problem, is the widening gap between advancing scientific knowledge and technology and society’s ability to capture and use them.” – The International Council for Science[1]. A year ago a friend, Ryan Baker, earned his doctorate … Continue reading

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Observing Hang-together Day – July 5

“We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin (on occasion of the signing of the Declaration of Independence) The hot dogs, burgers, and potato salads, and ice cream have been consumed. So … Continue reading

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Policy nous: the superpower you use to harness your science to “the benefit of life.”

“Lastly, I would address one general admonition to all — that they consider what are the true ends of knowledge, and that they seek it not either for pleasure of the mind, or for contention, or for superiority to others, … Continue reading

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