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

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Significant Errors in Study Suggesting Global Warming is Good for the World

(5) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (16:36)

The new issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives includes a remarkable admission about a controversial academic paper that wrongly suggested moderate amounts of global warming would have an overall positive economic impact on the world.

The paper by Richard Tol, who is now a professor of economics at the...

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Manufacturing Doubt About Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted 3 February 2015 | (11:17)

English audiences will today be given their first chance to see a shocking new film which reveals how a handful of right-wing lobbyists have thwarted attempts to curb threats to health and the environment.

Although Merchants of Doubt, which will receive special preview screenings at Picturehouse...

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Leadership from Washington on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (18:11)

The United States took a further step forward yesterday in its action against climate change as another state outlined plans to use carbon pricing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Jay Inslee, the Democratic Governor of the state of Washington, published legislation to create a cap and trade...

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Facts and Fictions About New Climate Change Report

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2014 | (21:06)

The New Climate Economy Report has been endorsed by a wide range of politicians, businesspeople and commentators since it was published on 16 September, but a few 'usual suspects' have popped up in the media to make predictably weak and flawed attacks on its findings.

The main conclusion...

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Green Hypocrisy at Northcliffe House

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2014 | (09:16)

You could not make it up.

Geordie Greig and Gerard Greaves, respectively editor and deputy editor of The Mail on Sunday, have assigned one of their reporters, David Rose, to write a series of articles over the past couple of years, usually under the banner of 'The Great Green Con',...

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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

(7) 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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