Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Professor Rood in The Conversation: the climate has changed

Posted: February 26, 2015

Professor Rood in The Conversation: the climate has changed

Professor Ricky Rood wrote an article on climate change for The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.

The article is titled, “Let’s call it: 30 years of above average temperatures means the climate has changed.” According to the piece, the last month that was at or below that 1900s average was February 1985.

“The new normal will be systematically rising temperatures, not the stability of the last 100 years,” Rood writes.

“I am not a fan of tracking month-by-month or even year-by-year averages and arguing over the statistical minutia of possible records,” the article continues. “We live at a time when the Earth is definitively warming. And we know why: predominately, the increase of greenhouse gas warming due to increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Under current conditions, we should expect the planet to be warming. What would be more important news would be if we had a year, even a month, that was below average.”

To read the full article and learn more about how the Earth warms and the 30-year horizon, please visit The Conversation.

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