Inattentive journalists, and no deficit of hype

Without having read all the relevant journal papers, I shall not risk commenting on the detail of a much-reported scientific study which examines genetic differences in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Nor will I respond to the substance (if any) of pop psychologist Oliver James‘ on-air comments, half-heard on the wireless this morning as […]

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Carbon pledges and dissonant ambitions

National carbon emissions targets agreed at last year’s climate change summit in Copenhagen will lead to a global average temperature rise of up to 4.2 degrees, according to the authors of a report published this week. Owing to a lack of action to date, there is, say the researchers, only a small chance of limiting […]

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Offshore wind: great expectations unmet

There is nothing like wind power to raise the hackles of NIMBYs. Owing to formal objections and political obstruction from conservationists and other parochial vested interests, large-scale onshore wind farms are unlikely to gain widespread acceptance in Britain. That leaves offshore wind as the only viable option for the exploitation of one of the British […]

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Denying the truth

Why do some people re-write history, and deny the impeccably documented truths of the Holocaust and various other genocides? This question, which is touched upon regularly by those of us on the left who are exasperated and dumbfounded by erstwhile comrades’ failure to call a spade a spade, is the topic of a two-day workshop […]

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Batty folk

Yesterday evening I spent in the company of a bunch of middle-aged mammals of the bipedal variety, together with countless bats whose bodies are around the size of your thumb. This was in Sutcliffe Park in the London borough of Greenwich, and the event was a bat detection walk organised by Dave Larkin of the […]

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An insignificant fall in carbon emissions

Atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide fell in 2009. There are two small points worth noting here: (1) we are in a recession, and one would expect global carbon emissions to correlate positively with the level of economic activity; (2) during the same period carbon emissions rose in China and India by nine and six percent, […]

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British Tory MPs on Lebanese jolly

The Middle East media focus may for the moment be on the peace talks between Israel and Palestine currently underway in Washington DC, but it appears other things are afoot, albeit relatively minor. From a somewhat content-lite press release I learn that two British conservative MPs recently returned from a visit to Lebanon. At the […]

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