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E(arth)xit.

Stephen Hawking has been asking a proper question: How much time do we (humans) have here on Earth? His answer is uncertain, and in fact has been a moving target, but can be summed up like this: not much! (and … Continue reading

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Living on the Real World: The Art of the Deal.

As the 2016-2017 transitional period in U.S. politics enters its final few weeks, the nation and the world search for hints and early insights into any coming changes in policy and national priorities. These run across the entirety of the … Continue reading

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Four trends ratchet up the value of Earth information.

Four seismic shifts are underway that will combine to make Earth information increasingly valuable – unimaginably more valuable – over the coming two decades. Unless they don’t. Today we look at the four drivers of this increased value. Two are … Continue reading

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The future of work. What jobs remain?

Yesterday’s post bid farewell to jobs that are going to disappear. What about the more positive side? What jobs will be left? What roles can we humans continue to play alongside the robots doing all this other work? As it … Continue reading

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Complexity.

If ever a single individual understood this subject and its implications for late 20th-century mankind it was Peter Drucker. He wrote about this early and often, using varying nomenclature: consider, for example, his 1980 book, Managing in Turbulent Times. The … Continue reading

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The Importance of Earth Observations, Science, and Services

“It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.” – John Maynard Keynes The previous post suggested that to live well on the real world requires that all seven billion of us solve, simultaneously, three problems: our relationship with … Continue reading

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WWBD…What would Boone do?

Here at the AMS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, some of the buzz is that the Earth observations, science, and services community faces a constrained future. We hear that we must learn to do more with less… that the trickle-down … Continue reading

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State of the Sectors

“If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.” – Abraham Lincoln, in his 1858 House divided speech  Tuesday’s focus at the AMS … Continue reading

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Move NOAA satellite acquisition to NASA?

Maybe not CJS’ best idea. Looking for bi-partisanship in the Congress? Of course we are. America faces big problems. We’ve elected and sent members of Congress to Washington to wrestle with them on our behalf. We hope and pray that … Continue reading

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What will it take to keep NOAA as relevant in 2026 as it is today?

The past two posts, prompted by the FY2012 federal government budget rollout, and John Knauss’ challenge of twenty years ago, have asked whether NOAA is as relevant today as it had been back around 1990. The answer would appear to … Continue reading

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