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January-February 2017

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On the Job: Tim Garrett

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

Tim Garrett is a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Utah. In addition to researching clouds, he applies physics principles to societal phenomena. Garrett's groundbreaking work revealed a fixed relationship between the wealth of civilization and energy consumption, which suggests that only a rapid decline in the global economy tantamount to the collapse of civilization will prevent catastrophic global warming.       

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.       

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