Bob Ward argues that a paper by Dr Bjorn Lomborg published yesterday is a textbook example of dogmatic ideology masquerading as scholarship. Dr Lomborg, who has a PhD in political science and has gained notoriety for his pronouncements on climate change, is the author of a paper on ‘Impact of Current Climate Proposals’ which has been published in the new issue of the journal […]
The Volkswagen emissions scandal has led many to question the ability of environmental regulators to enforce standards. Here, Stefano Carattini and Alessandro Tavoni argue that this might be an opportunity to promote carbon pricing, as it does not require specific controls and is a cost-effective mechanism by which to reduce emissions.
The Volkswagen scandal has shaken our society in two […]
A new analysis of the economic impacts of climate change contains some serious flaws and exposes a lack of consistency with the scientific evidence, writes Bob Ward.
On 18 September, the World Economic Forum published a blog on its website that controversially suggested the overall impacts of unmitigated climate change this century could be positive, even if global average temperature […]
New figures published by the IMF show the UK provides more subsidies for fossil fuels than renewables
An IMF report has quantified the subsidies provided for the fossil fuel industry, finding the UK will spend £26 billion this year, amounting to far more than the subsidies provided for renewables. Bob Ward summarises the findings.
New figures published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) show that the UK Government may not be looking in the right place if it wants to cut energy […]
Leading thinkers across the worlds of science, public service and academia have launched a new global programme to combat climate change. Richard Layard outlines their proposal for big public investment in research that will dramatically reduce the costs of clean energy.
In the past, governments faced with existential threats to their country have called on their scientists and engineers to provide solutions. […]
Amber Rudd, the Tory minister now in charge of DECC, would do well not to take advice from Fraser Nelson on environmental issues
Following the election of a Conservative majority government, there is now a Tory minister, Amber Rudd, in charge of the Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this article, Bob Ward argues that she should would be well advised to ignore the views of Fraser Nelson and the Conservative fringe of free-market fundamentalists and climate change ‘sceptics’.
One of the main differences between the […]
With the price of oil dropping dramatically over the last several months, many are asking what this means for the renewable energy sector. Jennifer Baka finds that the potential for growth in wind and solar is strong and unlikely to be impacted by recent oil price declines. Declining oil prices can, however, impact the transportation sector, specifically the markets for biofuels and […]
We have entered the Anthropocene epoch, with human activity now threatening to change the parameters of the Earth system itself. Current social and political institutions may not be up to the demands of this emerging epoch, writes John Dryzek. He argues that we should think in terms of social-ecological systems, and not treat institutions as though the ecological world doesn’t exist.
The Holocene […]