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Dr. Alan Robock is a Distinguished Professor of Climatology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University. He also directs the Rutgers Undergraduate Meteorology Program. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1970 with a B.A. in meteorology, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.M. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1977, both in meteorology. Before graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. He was a professor at the University of Maryland, 1977-1997, and the State Climatologist of Maryland, 1991-1997, before coming to Rutgers. Prof. Robock has published more than 350 articles on his research in the area of climate change, including more than 200 peer-reviewed papers. His areas of expertise include geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear war, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, regional atmosphere-hydrology modeling, and soil moisture variations. He serves as Editor of Reviews of Geophysics, the most highly cited journal in the Earth sciences. His honors include being a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. Prof. Robock is a lead author of the 2014 Working Group 1 Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Nuclear Weapons Are Much More Dangerous Than Global Warming

(11) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Skeptical Science is a great website that debunks global warming deniers. But their home page has a box counting up the amount of energy trapped by greenhouse gases in units of Hiroshima atomic bomb energy. While strictly correct, in the sense that the amount of energy...

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Nuclear Energy Is Not a Solution for Global Warming

(9) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:23 PM

There have been several recent calls from people and organizations concerned about global warming to use nuclear electricity generation as part of the solution. This includes The New York Times, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change),...

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A Case Against Climate Engineering

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 8:47 PM

What Is Climate Engineering?

Global warming is a real problem. As the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, of which I was a lead author, makes clear, Earth is warming, caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) and other "greenhouse gases" emitted by humans burning coal, oil, and...

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Ukraine and Nuclear Weapons

(14) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 7:13 PM

When the Soviet Union ended in 1991, Ukraine gave up their nuclear weapons to Russia. By 1996 they had rid themselves of the third largest arsenal in the world, larger than those of Britain, China and France combined. Belarus and Kazakhstan did the same thing, thus setting an important example...

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President Obama, Say "No" to Keystone XL Pipeline

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 3:05 PM

The main reason President Obama needs to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline is as a declaration that we need to stop building more fossil fuel infrastructure. Rather, investment needs to be made in more wind and solar electricity generation, and the electrical grid needed to help balance the supply and...

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Human Tipping Points: Why I'm Optimistic About Solutions to Global Warming and Nuclear Winter

(5) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 2:27 PM

Many people worry about "tipping points" in the climate system. For example, could a small increase in Arctic temperatures cause a major methane release with accelerated global warming? Will a little warming cause rapidly accelerating collapse of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, quickly flooding low-lying regions? Or could a...

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Ban Nuclear Weapons; Saving Money and Saving the World

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Co-authored by Owen Brian Toon, Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, btoon@lasp.colorado.edu

As the United States struggles to deal with budget problems, as the U.S. Air Force deals with boredom, poor morale, drug use, and cheating on certification exams by...

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