I'm a professor at U Michigan and lead a course on climate change problem solving. These articles often come from and contribute to the course.
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 4:19 PM GMT on May 19, 2015
Sustainability: Essential Research and Education
My last blog was on universities divesting their endowments and pension funds from fossil fuel companies. One of the articles that I referred to was by George Will taking the position that divestment was sustainability gone wild. Will states that sustainability is like a religion with, for example, its premises “more assumed than demonstrated,” and “weighing the costs of obedience to sustainability’...
Updated: 5:02 PM GMT on May 19, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:34 PM GMT on May 02, 2015
Why I Support Student Fossil-Fuel Divestment Campaigns
Like many colleges and universities, students at the University of Michigan are advocating for the University to divest itself of fossil fuel assets. Specifically, Divest and Invest states “We, students at the University of Michigan, ask that the Regents form a committee composed of students, faculty and staff to determine the propriety of fossil fuel investments …” followed by a set of r...
Updated: 4:32 PM GMT on May 05, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 5:28 PM GMT on April 19, 2015
On Wisconsin: Champion of the Right
That was way too easy.
I was a child in the height of the Cold War. My family actually subscribed to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is the magazine that famously publishs a clock set a few minutes before midnight. This clock was the evaluation of those at the Bulletin of how far we were from the, well as my grade-school self understood it, the end of the world....
Updated: 5:30 PM GMT on April 19, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 6:02 AM GMT on April 07, 2015
It’s April, Time to Finally Think About 2015
April, winter semester at Michigan comes to an end. I’ve been re-grouping myself on the blogging front, thinking about where to pay attention for this year. I'm back.
My climate-change problem-solving class, this term, has had one excellent guest lecturer after another. With the help of my colleague in the Ross School of Business, Andy Hoffman, we decided to experiment with my class to see if ...
Updated: 12:47 PM GMT on April 07, 2015
By: Dr. Ricky Rood, 7:00 PM GMT on March 13, 2015
A Doubtful, Dangerous Collection
This is just a collection of climate-change from the last couple of weeks. It’s been a curious time in the news. I’ll put in a comment every now and then, and some I’ll just let sit there.
1) Merchants of Doubt: In 2010 Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway published an excellent book Merchants of Doubt. There is a now a documentary film by Robert Kenner. It has opened in New York and Los Angeles, and as o...
Updated: 10:24 PM GMT on March 13, 2015