Category Archives: Policy

Emissions slowdown

I thought I would post this video of Glen Peters discussing the three years we’ve just had in which there has been near-zero growth in emissions. You can use a Kaya-like identity to try and understand what might be causing … Continue reading

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It’s okay to lie?

The House of Commons Science and Technology committee have just concluded an inquiry into science communication. One of those who presented evidence was David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. David Whitehouse’s evidence focussed mainly on science journalism, and … Continue reading

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Advocacy and scientific credibility

To the surprise of few, I suspect, it appears that scientists can advocate without damaging their, or the scientific community’s, credibility. It’s reported in this paper, [d]oes Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? and is discussed in this … Continue reading

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Guest post: ‘An inconvenient truth’ – Exploring the dynamics of making climate change public

This is a guest post by Brigitte Nerlich and Warren Pearce about their new paper called ‘An inconvenient truth’: A social representation of scientific expertise. I’ve never really had a discussion about Al Gore and “An inconvenient truth” on this … Continue reading

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Working with Trump?

Jack Stilgoe and Roger Pielke Jr have an article in the Guardian called They may not like it, but scientists must work with Donald Trump. My first impression was rather negative, but some on Twitter suggested that it was really … Continue reading

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The middle ground

Matt Ridley has been complaining about the frantic polarising on Twitter since his talk. When it was pointed out that frantic polarising is a euphemism for ‘lots of people disagree with my argument’, he responded with no it’s not. I … Continue reading

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Matt Ridley’s lecture

I thought I might make some points about Matt Ridley’s recent lecture. There are two general points I want to make. Matt Ridley might have a PhD (DPhil technically) and he might have published some papers in the 1980s, but … Continue reading

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