Bob Ward
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

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2016 | (13:58)

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review, which was scheduled to be published this week.

The Review was launched in December 2015 after the UK had been caught out again for the...

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Vote Leave Campaign Uses Tactics of Climate Change 'Sceptics'

(0) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (08:56)

With British voters heading to the ballot box on 23 June to decide on a referendum about whether the UK should remain within the European Union or not, it is striking that the Vote Leave campaign has used the same tactics to deny the economic dangers of Brexit as lobbyists...

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How the UK Media Puts the Public at Risk From Climate Change Impacts

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2016 | (20:48)

The public is being placed at greater risk of harm from the impacts of climate change because of failures in communication by newspapers and broadcasters, as well as the Government and researchers, according to evidence submitted to an influential group of UK Members of Parliament by the Grantham Research Institute...

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An Attack on Academic Freedom that is Bad for the Public Interest

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2016 | (10:56)

University researchers on climate change have just over a month left to overturn new Government restrictions that would prevent them from influencing policy-making and countering the vested interests of 'sceptics' and fossil fuel companies.

The Cabinet Office quietly announced on its website on Saturday 6 February that, from...

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Flood Review Must Stop Harmful 'Sceptic' Cabal

(1) Comments | Posted 8 January 2016 | (12:57)

The UK Government's National Flood Resilience Review, which was announced on 13 December, must put an end to the malign influence on policy of a tiny cabal of Conservative politicians who promote unscientific climate change denial.

Despite numerous warnings over the past few years from the

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UK Government Failing to Lead on Climate Change Communication

(1) Comments | Posted 21 October 2015 | (15:44)

The UK Government has confirmed that it will not lead efforts to improve public awareness of the impacts of climate change, and has cut funding for the main organisation that promotes better local communication about the risks of rising greenhouse gas levels.

In July, the statutory Committee on Climate Change...

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The Link Between Climate Change, Migration and Refugees

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (20:42)

The shocking and heart-breaking pictures of three-year-old Aylan al-Kurdi, whose body was washed up on a beach in Turkey after he, his five-year-old brother, Ghalib, and mother, Rihan, drowned while trying to reach Greece, have vividly illustrated the plight of refugees escaping the conflict in Syria.

While the...

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Bill Gates Sets Example for Other Business Leaders on Carbon Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (18:07)

Bill Gates, the billionaire founder of Microsoft who is using his personal wealth to tackle poverty and disease in developing countries, has highlighted the importance of climate change policies, including strong carbon pricing.

In a new post on his blog, Mr Gates outlines the steps that he would...

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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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