Environmental Policy and Energy

Climate change ‘sceptics’ breached charity rules

The Global Warming Policy Foundation, founded by former Chancellor Nigel Lawson, has for years been promoting climate change scepticism. Back in June 2013, Bob Ward complained to the Charity Commission, arguing that the Foundation’s spread of misinformation regarding the science of climate change should exempt it from being registered as an educational charity. The Commission’s verdict has just been announced and it is […]

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    Another campaign that makes inaccurate and misleading claims about the science of climate change has been thoroughly discredited

Another campaign that makes inaccurate and misleading claims about the science of climate change has been thoroughly discredited

Bob Ward takes to task David Rose, author of an article in The Mail on Sunday that makes inaccurate and misleading claims about the science of climate change.

On 31 August, The Mail on Sunday published the latest in a series of articles on ‘The Great Green Con’, under the headline: ‘Exposed: Myth of Arctic Meltdown’. The series, written by David Rose, has been […]

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    A major national newspaper may be creating needless confusion in its coverage of climate change

A major national newspaper may be creating needless confusion in its coverage of climate change

In this article, Bob Ward questions whether a leading national newspaper, The Times, has been misleading its readers when it comes to reporting on climate change. He draws on a specific example, arguing that the content of an academic paper and its author may have been misrepresented. 

Earlier this week, I contributed a blog to The Staggers on the website of New Statesman magazine, which exposed a […]

Women and energy: It is time to even things up a bit

Combine the difficulties of women in academia with the conservative, big tech world of energy and one can see that there are substantial issues that have to be overcome in energy: women have to be chosen for jobs but also those jobs have to be enjoyable and attractive to women, writes Catherine Mitchell.

A recent Ernst and Young report has shown that […]

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    Lost legacy: How 1989 marked the rise of environmental politics

Lost legacy: How 1989 marked the rise of environmental politics

Olaf Corry argues that Eastern European revolutions of 1989 did not just mark the defeat of the socialist utopian ideal but also the rise of new political ideas associated with political ecology: the physical and human limits to the modern expansionary project, people-powered politics and a growing global awareness. 1989 was a staging post in the relaunch of older concerns about […]

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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 […]