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Mickey Glantz Check out Fragilecologies
Exciting New Blog!!!

All new articles are being posted to the blog now!
Comment on the articles via the blog! (Something you could not do with the previous articles before!)
Coming Soon: Previous articles will be posted in blog format, for comment, as well.
(12 May 2009)
Dutch Dike Climate Change confronts Human Nature: Adapting to an “adaptation mentality”
(5 August 2009)
Iran A message to Iran’s government from a nobody
(June 22 2009)
Check list Revisiting the question "Who will feed China?"
(followed by "Who will feed Africa?" and by "Who will feed the US?")

(11 June 2009)
Check list No Disaster Recommendations without Ramifications
(24 May 2009)
Macedonia Flag A rose by any other name is still a rose.
Similarly, the Republic of Macedonia by any other name is still the Republic of Macedonia.

(12 May 2009)
Back to Future Climate Change, 2020, and the notion of 'the new black'
(1 April 2009)
Africa Capacity building by proxy: Putting African development on a faster and cheaper track (2 March 2009)
The times, they are a-changin', and not just for the climate (1 December 2008)
castor plant People-Focused Biofuels Development in Africa (guest editorial, Tsegay Wolde-Georgis, 20 November 2008)
NCAR and NSF: Tear Down This Wall! (28 August 2008)
OPEC Move Over: the "Green-Eyed Sheiks" are Coming to Town (14 July 2008)
pirate Biopiracy in the 21st Century: Food Security or Food Imperialism? (27 June 2008)
chris madden Got Food? Food insecurity all over again! (17 June 2008)
Resilient adaptation: Adjusting to a changing climate over time (28 April 2008)
orissa map Food insecurity: Some ground realities in Orissa context (guest editorial by Ashutosh Mohanty) (21 March 2008)
biofuels Food security and the surge toward biofuels … and food insecurity? (25 February 2008) (Chinese translation here in PDF)
After the Fall: Global Warming and Disappearing Seasons (16 November 2007)
Reversal of Fortune: Nature Is No Longer Our Hostage (12 November 2007)
Move On dot Climate Skeptics (1 October 2007)
Oh! What a Lovely Climate Change: Global Warming's Winners and Losers (21 August 2007)
You say "poh-tay-to" and I say "poh-tah-to." You say "El Niño" and I say "interannual changes in the sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean." Oh, let's call the whole thing off! (18 August 2007)
"Pheew!" on the New York Times and Pew Center Poll about Improvement of Life in Africa (1 August 2007)
Michael (Mickey) Glantz created the Fragilecologies website as a service for those interested in climate-society-environment interactions.

Michael Glantz is the Director of the Consortium for Capacity Building housed in the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a social scientist (Political Science PhD from the University of Pennsylvania) and was NCAR’s only senior social scientist in its 50 year history.

Before studying the interactions between climate and society (droughts, famines, freezes) and their impacts on political systems and on economies, he was a Metallurgical Engineer. With a Master’s degree in Political Science (International Relations)  in 1963, he studied (and visited) violent political revolutions in Portuguese,  Africa.  After a few years in industry in the mid-sixties, Mickey returned to the University of Pennsylvania to earn a PhD in Political Science in August 1970.  He taught for a few years before going into research on climate related issues in 1974.

In the early 1970s he was drawn to the West African Sahel as a result of devastating drought and famine in that region and in Ethiopia. At that time he was selected as a postdoctoral fellow to NCAR’s Advanced Study Program and worked for NCAR’s founder and former director, Dr. Walter Orr Roberts, on a project to assess the value of a long-range climate forecast for agriculture and range management in West Africa and for agriculture in the Canadian Prairie Provinces. This study led him to inquire about the value of forecasts of a little known (at that time in the mid-1970s) phenomenon known as El Niño. This was one of the first studies of the societal impacts of El Niño.

Glantz wrote a bi-weekly column for the Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado) for six years (the Environmental Minute) and for the Daily Planet for a couple of years (The Last Flight Out). He created the Fragilecologies website in order to write articles for those who use the Internet in search of information on topics related to climate-society-environment interactions. Other topics are also addressed under a section called “Up close and personal.”

If so desired, you can contact Michael (Mickey) Glantz (mickeyglantz AT at CCB or visit his home page on the CCB site at the University of Colorado.

The links below take you to some of Mickey’s most recent endeavors and to two quarterly newsletters that were edited by Mickey (the Network Newsletter and the ENSO Signal). These newsletters are currently archived and no longer updated.

Note: The views expressed on this website are those of the editor and in no way reflect the views of the University of Colorado or any other organization or individual, except for the editorials of the guest editors.