Category Archives: Policymaking

Double standards in safety assessments

Two years ago, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an advisory body to the World Health Agency, published an apparently damning report on glyphosate, one of the most widely-used herbicides around the world, and marketed by Monsanto under … Continue reading

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Does fracking have a future in Europe?

Last year, the UK government gave a cautious go-ahead to fracking, after years of a moratorium following concerns about minor earth tremors near the Caudrilla exploration site in Lancashire. The company has since restarted test drilling in the area, against … Continue reading

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Working together

I make no apologies for talking about the thorny issue of climate change yet again. There’s a good reason why: after a decade or more of unwillingness to listen to criticism of the IPCC story on climate change, this week … Continue reading

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National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios 2016

In the autumn, the Scientific Alliance published two very important papers on the most recent National Grid FES study. Dr Capell Aris and Colin Gibson, both highly respected engineers with many years of experience at senior level in the electricity … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism

The United States is an exceptional country in so many ways, as visitors can attest. For Brits, a common language at first masks the vast cultural divide between the Old and New Worlds. Americans themselves though are keenly aware of … Continue reading

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Rational Policymaking

Governments are elected for a whole variety of reasons, but a key one is that we hope they will spend taxpayers’ money wisely. Bill Clinton’s famous phrase – “it’s the economy, stupid” – really sums up politics in a nutshell. … Continue reading

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