When scientists predict extreme weather that never materializes, lay people tend to wonder what went wrong. This is a natural tendency that is not tied to a failure of the science, but rather to differences in the way scientists and lay people view predictions about extreme events.
Despite increasing interest and investments in climate adaptation science, the implementation of adaptation plans through institutional policies or other actions designed to reduce health vulnerabilities has been slow. Institutionalized assumptions are an important roadblock.
Solving the problem of space debris isn't going to be easy because, like spilled petroleum products, debris can spend years lurking in an environment that is foreign to most people's daily lives, write Dave Baiocchi and William Welser.
In case after case, the theory that best fits the data is the one that also leads inexorably to the conclusion that human influence is one of the most important forces currently changing the climate, writes Robert J. Lempert.
If it were really possible to explain millions of years of Earth data with a theory that doesn't also imply a recent human influence on the climate, some ambitious, self-interested team of scientists somewhere in the world would seek scientific renown by doing so, writes Robert Lempert.
Edmundo Molina-Perez is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He has an M.S. in engineering and policy analysis from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and a B.S. in civil engineering from Universidad Nacional…
Lauren Kendrick is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Kendrick has a B.S. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. She also studied at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Danish Technical University in Denmark. …