Bob Ward
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Bob joined the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from Risk Management Solutions, where he was Director of Public Policy.

He also worked at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, for eight years, until October 2006. His responsibilities there included leading the media relations team.

He has also worked as a freelance science writer and journalist.

Bob has a first degree in geology and an unfinished PhD thesis on palaeopiezometry.

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society

Entries by Bob Ward

The Trouble With Climate Change Denial

(0) Comments | Posted 3 July 2014 | (13:24)

Over the past few months, the Global Warming Policy Foundation has been strongly pushing a campaign pamphlet on 'The trouble with climate change', written by its founder and chair, Lord Lawson of Blaby. It provides a fascinating demonstration of the trouble with climate change denial.

The pamphlet is...

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UK Government Utterly Fails to Communicate About Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted 30 June 2014 | (00:00)

The UK Government displayed breath-taking complacency in its formal response this week to a report by MPs that criticised the way in which climate change is being communicated to the public.

In April, the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology panned the Government, media and...

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New Insurance Scheme Boosts Africa's Battle Against Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (15:39)

Africa's struggle to cope with the impacts of climate change has received a major boost this month with the very first policies to insure governments against food insecurity caused by droughts.

At the moment, many African countries have to rely on emergency aid from abroad when they are struck by...

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Bjorn Lomborg's Upside-Down Economics of Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (14:18)

A new article by Bjorn Lomborg, which has been made available to newspapers around the world by Project Syndicate, provides a daft upside-down assessment of the economics of climate change.

In his article, Dr Lomborg, who has a PhD in political science, alleges that the new report by...

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US Emissions Rise as Shale Gas 'Miracle' Stalls

(1) Comments | Posted 14 January 2014 | (15:38)

Efforts in the United States to introduce federal legislation on climate change have been given greater urgency by news that the shale gas 'miracle', which delivered both lower electricity prices and reduced emissions of carbon dioxide, has stalled.

New figures from the Energy Information Administration show that energy-related...

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Hypocrites of Northcliffe House

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (15:21)

On 21 November, The Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), owners of the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday newspapers, announced that its adjusted profits before tax grew 10 per cent to £282 million during the 12 months to 30 September 2013.

On 22 November, a day...

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Typhoon Haiyan Exposes Unscientific and Inhumane Ideology of Climate Change 'Sceptics'

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2013 | (18:03)

While the terrible devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan focused the minds of many delegates attending the United Nations climate change summit, which ended at the weekend in Warsaw, Poland, it also exposed the unscientific and inhumane ideology of many 'sceptics'.

The typhoon struck the Philippines on...

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Morally Outrageous Tactics by Climate Change 'Sceptics' to Try to Discredit New Report

(7) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (14:51)

On 27 September, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Summary for Policymakers of the contribution to its Fifth Assessment Report by its working group on the physical science basis of climate change.

The IPCC report is likely to prompt many governments to take more action...

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Another Fib Created by the Echo Chamber of Climate Change Denial

(4) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (10:01)

Climate change 'sceptics' and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media are continuing their campaign to prevent the public from hearing about scientists' work on the causes and consequences of global warming.

The main aim of these 'sceptics' is to create a fake dispute over the scientific evidence about the role...

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Huge Blow to Campaign by Climate Change 'Sceptics'

(5) Comments | Posted 24 July 2013 | (18:05)

An intense lobbying campaign by climate change 'sceptics' has been struck a huge blow by the publication this week of a new paper by the Met Office.

Over the past few months, 'sceptics' in the United States and UK have been attempting to convince journalists and politicians that scientists have...

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UK Government Caught Napping Over Climate Change Adaptation

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (13:44)

The Committee on Climate Change, the independent body that advises the Government and the devolved administrations, published an important report on 10 July by its Adaptation Sub-Committee on progress towards making the nation more resilient to the risks of global warming.

It identified a number of key challenges,...

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The Corruption of the Public Debate on Climate Change

(1) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (13:05)

This week's issue of The Spectator opens up a new front in the magazine's war against climate science, but unwittingly reveals a campaign by 'sceptics' that is likely to be costing taxpayers thousands of pounds.

The magazine's editor, Fraser Nelson, long ago abandoned any pretence at covering climate...

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Time for the US Congress to Back President Obama on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (11:21)

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, delivered an impressive and impassioned speech on climate change on 25 June at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

It followed earlier promises to make the issue more prominent during his second term in office. In his State of...

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Desperate Shenanigans as Climate Change 'Sceptics' Try to Misrepresent Report

(0) Comments | Posted 14 December 2012 | (10:29)

It is perhaps no surprise that a climate change 'sceptic' has leaked a draft copy of the volume prepared by working group I for the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the final version of which is scheduled for publication in September...

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A Long Day for the UK at the United Nations Climate Change Summit

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2012 | (20:25)

A day is a very long time at the annual United Nations climate change summit, and especially so for British delegates this year here in Doha, Qatar.

On 4 December, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, made a positive announcement that his...

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Why is the UK Government's Financial Support for Fossil Fuel Companies Being Overlooked?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2012 | (12:13)

A new Energy Bill, which was introduced into UK Parliament on 29 November, has attracted some criticism for laying out plans to subsidise renewable power up to 2020, but has elicited little comment about its silence over the massive financial support that the Government continues to provide to...

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UK Government Cuts to Science Funding Threaten the British Antarctic Survey

(4) Comments | Posted 3 October 2012 | (00:00)

Major cuts in the amount of funding that the Coalition Government is investing in the UK's world class science base are beginning to cause real damage, with the threatened end to one of our most important research institutions, the British Antarctic Survey.

The Survey has been responsible for

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The Australian Echo Chamber of Climate Change Denial

(4) Comments | Posted 10 September 2012 | (13:11)

The Australian newspaper proved last week that the echo chamber of climate change denial is not restricted to the United States and United Kingdom.

On 4 September, the newspaper, owned by News Limited, the Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation empire, published an article by Peter Lilley,...

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The United States is Not Leading by Example on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2012 | (16:07)

There has been much confusion ahead of the next round of international negotiations on climate change, which start at the end of this month, over whether the United States has shifted its position on the inclusion of a temperature target in a new treaty that is due to...

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The World's Most Visited Newspaper Website Continues to Regurgitate Nonsense from Climate Change 'Sceptics'

(31) Comments | Posted 12 July 2012 | (11:23)

The website of the Daily Mail, one of the UK's most popular daily newspapers, has proved once again that some parts of the Press are apparently oblivious to the scrutiny they are receiving from the Leveson Inquiry into their culture and practices following the phone hacking scandal.

Three months ago,...

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