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The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details | Bob Ward | Opinion | The Guardian

The IPCC global warming report spares politicians the worst details | Bob Ward | Opinion | The Guardian | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
The dangers are grave if governments ignore efforts to limit warming to 1.5C, says climate change specialist Bob Ward
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ESRC funds the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. 

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Is a fracking revolution the way to cut UK carbon emissions?

Labour shadow energy minister, Bryony Worthington has said that environmentalists should not take a blanket position against shale gas

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Article cites Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Manufacturing Doubt About Climate Change

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.

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This article is written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy


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Chinwendu's curator insight, February 15, 2015 5:56 PM

Manipulation of change

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Leadership from Washington on Climate Change

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.

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The author of the article, Bob Ward, is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern

Lord Lawson's parallel world where global warming is not a concern | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The former Chancellor is trying to turn science on its head to woo climate change 'sceptics' from the Conservatives and Ukip.

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This article was written by Bob Ward, communications director at the ESRC-funded Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding

Shortcomings in UK Government Review of Flooding | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One of the most important decisions facing the new UK Government is how to implement the recommendations of the National Flood Resilience Review.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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

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.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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Official figures show 2014 was warmest year since records began

Official figures show 2014 was warmest year since records began | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Things are hotting up for the UK, as official figures show 2014 was the warmest year since records began.

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Article cites Bob Ward, Director of Policy and Communications at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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The danger of ideology-based newspaper coverage of climate change

A warning against the publication of columns promoting climate change denial.

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Artilce written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director a the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)

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Judit Urquijo's curator insight, January 10, 2015 9:31 AM

Este artículo de Bob Ward, publicado en NewStatesman al calor de la COP20 de Lima de diciembre de 2014, alerta sobre el peligroso sesgo que adoptan algunos medios de comunicación a la hora de informar a sus lectores. El presente caso hace referencia a un artículo de Matt Ridley publicado por el diario The Times en el que, de forma, bastante patente, se abrazan las ideas del negacionismo en relación al cambio climático.


Es cierto que las constantes advertencias que el mundo científico viene efectuando desde hace más de 25 años con respecto al cambio climático pueden generar dudas o desconcierto. Con esto no estoy negando que haya un cambio climático (las evidencias están ahí), pero sí admito ciertas dudas en torno a cómo se está produciendo el mismo, a si los efectos que anuncian tienen un claro fundamento científico o son meras suposiciones extraídas de un algoritmo, al tiempo que nos queda o a si las medidas que se adopten serán suficientes. Por ejemplo, la mayor parte de los científicos defienden que para 2100 la temperatura mundial no debería aumentar más de 2ºC, lo cual desde ya supondría hacer tremendos ajustes desde el punto de vista energético.  ¿Esa barrera de 2ºC significa que si al final alcanzamos "tan solo" un aumento de 1,5º podemos cantar victoria? ¿Qué ocurrirá si se superan esos 2ºC? ¿Y si llegamos a los 4ºC que pronostican algunas fuentes?


La maraña de información que circula por internet no ayuda en absoluto a esclarecer estas cuestiones, puesto que según sea el perfil de la web o medio de comunicación, como ocurre en el caso del referido artículo de The Times, las lecturas e incluso los datos, varían. Como muestra, los datos que ha presentado recientemente la Japan Meteorological Agency sobre la temperatura registrada en 2014, y los que revela en su web el climatólogo Roy Spencer. De por medio, también resulta interesante echar un vistazo a la web Skeptical Science


Al final, lo único cierto es que no podemos dejar de seguir investigando puesto que aún desconocemos muchos aspectos sobre la ciencia del clima.

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Combating climate change can be economically beneficial

A major report published last week could be a game changer in the climate change debate.

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Article written by Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director at the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy

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