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    Refusing to disseminate statements from climate change ‘sceptics’ that are inaccurate and misleading is not censorship

Refusing to disseminate statements from climate change ‘sceptics’ that are inaccurate and misleading is not censorship

The BBC upheld a complaint regarding Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor and climate sceptic, for an interview in which he put forward a number of inaccurate and misleading statements about the science of climate change. Bob Ward, one of a number of people who complained, writes how Lawson’s spin machine cranked into action this week to try to portray the BBC’s decision […]

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    Study finds UK is a world leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Study finds UK is a world leader in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

A recent study out of the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute found that the UK is one of the leading countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and, contrary to what many perceive, this is not doing any economic harm. Samuela Bassi summarises the findings in this article. 

The perception by some that the UK, by going ‘green’ more quickly than the rest […]

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    A study with erroneous claims about the impacts of global warming has finally been corrected

A study with erroneous claims about the impacts of global warming has finally been corrected

A journal article claiming that moderate amounts of global warming have overall positive benefits has been quietly corrected after Bob Ward pointed out a number of errors. The updated analysis now claims “impacts are always negative”, but the erroneous findings have been used to inform a recent report by the IPCC which still needs to be corrected. This episode […]

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    Policy action is urgently needed to deflate the ‘carbon bubble’ and encourage investment in renewable energies

Policy action is urgently needed to deflate the ‘carbon bubble’ and encourage investment in renewable energies

The ‘carbon bubble’ refers to the over-valuation of certain publicly-traded energy companies with substantial fossil fuel assets. Financial markets aren’t currently incorporating the need to keep much of these fossil fuel reserves in the ground due to environmental imperatives. The carbon bubble and simultaneous under-investment in clean energy demonstrate again the limits of a financial sector intent on maximising […]

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    With Caroline Lucas found not guilty in the fracking trial, it is time to ponder Britain’s energy future

With Caroline Lucas found not guilty in the fracking trial, it is time to ponder Britain’s energy future

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, and her co-accused have been found not guilty for their role during an anti-fracking protest in Balcombe. Rupert Read takes the opportunity to praise Lucas for standing up to the fracking industry. He laments the continuing subsidisation of the fossil fuel industries and argues that renewable sources of energy offer a way to blow […]

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    Fracking is unlikely to reduce gas prices to the extent its proponents desire

Fracking is unlikely to reduce gas prices to the extent its proponents desire

David Cameron has expressed his desire to build a shale gas industry in Britain as a way of lowering cost, seeking to replicate the US where the extraction of shale gas has caused prices to plummet. However, as Anthony McDonnell argues, the UK and US differ in many respects when it comes to shale gas. Importantly, the UK is integrated in […]

Managing flood risk: Why flood insurance needs to send the right signals

Anticipatory action and preparedness is much more economic than providing disaster aid. However, there have recently been many missed opportunities to put sensible long-term risk management in response to climate change at the heart of policy making. The Government’s proposed flood insurance scheme, known as Flood Re, is a key pillar in the strategy of sharing risks and distributing the costs […]

Extreme weather events used to be referenced to convince people of the threats posed by climate change. Now they are considered the new normal

Extreme weather in the UK and abroad is increasingly described by the media as the ‘new normal’. Rather than discussing future and distant climate predictions, this terminology recasts climate change as something happening right now, and no longer treated as hypothetical. However, the link between extreme weather and climate change is rarely made explicitly in media coverage of events such […]

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