Category Archives: risk

How do you *feel* about the European Union?

  I have been spending time talking about the EU referendum with anyone I meet who is undecided or who disagrees with me. Indeed I spent a large chunk of Saturday in Cambridge marketplace talking ‘in-out’. For the record: I … Continue reading

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An Immodest Proposal for COP21: Go Naked Into the Conference Chamber

Cut Carbon, ©Steve Russell, 2011 I’ll be spending the next two weeks in Paris at the UN COP21. I can’t help feeling these climate talks would move forward more purposefully if the world’s negotiators went into the conference chamber naked (no cameras?). … Continue reading

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We’re all in this (test tube) together

In the wake of contributing to the Battle of Ideas ‘New Environmentalism’ debate yesterday, and a twitter exchange with OU colleagues Mark Brandon and Simon Kelley I recalled this 2008 post I put on OpenLearn about a really smart piece … Continue reading

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Don’t shoot the pianist: offer a new tune (or, climate science, politics & the media)

A couple of weeks ago I contributed to a panel discussion “How can we talk about uncertainty about climate change?” at Imperial College London as part of the important new pilot Horizons course being put together by Alice Bell and … Continue reading

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Why climate change is different: six elements that are shaping the new cultural politics

This essay is reproduced from a short book on culture and climate change that you can request from Jan Smith at the Open University Geography Dept., Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (£5 plus p&p). The book was based on some … Continue reading

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Climate contrarianism is ideological not hypothetical

This week the British Antarctic Survey scientist Eric Wolff tried to engage with the contrarian public notably on the Bishop Hill blog. Within a day he declared: ‘Just in case anyone thinks they are addressing me with their remarks: I … Continue reading

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How do you feel about nuclear power?

Slovic review Gambles are ‘the fruit fly of the risk researcher’ suggests Paul Slovic in the intro to his rich and useful The Feeling of Risk (2010). Although Slovic and co spend much of their time looking at small scale … Continue reading

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