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I have not been following this debate as obsessively as I once did. I haven’t added many posts on the subject since early 2014. I’m a climate change sceptic: I think there are huge uncertainties (good and bad) about the phenomenon of anthropogenic global warming but above all about what policy – inevitably quite weak – will likely achieve.

Come off it, Porritt, Burke, Secrett and Juniper

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Economic affairs on 13 March 2012. One comment.

It seems a fabulous cheek for Mssrs Porritt, Burke, Secrett and Juniper (ex-directors of Friends of the Earth) to complain that the UK’s nuclear industry will be run by France, for France. More »

BBC’s Countryfile: “Allotments save the world”

Posted by RDN under Climate change / On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 24 January 2011. No comments.

Yeah, so OK, BBC1’s delicious, mostly youthful Countryfile didn’t actually say that the alleged world food crisis would be solved by British allotmenteers. But… More »

Undercover cops and protest

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Politics & campaigns on 10 January 2011. One comment.

The case against six protestors collapsed today in the wake of an extraordinary saga involving an erstwhile undercover policeman. Even now, early in the story’s unfolding, it is worth saying that in principle the police are probably right to operate undercover amongst protestors, even at considerable expense. More »

Two cheers for Stephen Fry on BP’s spill

Posted by RDN under Climate change / On TV & Radio on 8 November 2010. No comments.

Stephen Fry has visited the coastline and the waters of the US’s Gulf of Mexico and declared them to be, well, what? The victims of a spill, obviously. Maybe even the victim of the clean-up, for all we know. But not, he feels, the victim of any obvious post-accident wickedness or folly on BP’s part. That was, I think, the take-away message of Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill (BBC2, 7 November 2010). But the interest of the programme is not limited to Fry’s being fairly sensible. More »

Roger Harrabin’s “Uncertain Climate”, part 2

Posted by RDN under Climate change / On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 7 September 2010. No comments.

RH, the BBC’s environment analyst, promised us a soul-searching assessment of his track record in reporting climate change over 20 years. Here’s a rather unenthusiastic assessment of his assessment.  More »

Bjorn Lomborg’s game-changing “volte face”

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Politics & campaigns on 3 September 2010. No comments.

Climate change politics is creeping into a kind of inevitable realism. (If you will forgive me, I’ll mention that I have argued for nearly 25 years that it would, sooner or later.) It is becoming clearer that it is now legitimate and necessary to say that there will be no silver bullet. Bjorn Lomborg’s new book (discussed in 2 new Guardian prepublication pieces, here and here) looks like helping quite a bit. More »

Roger Harrabin’s Radio 4 “Uncertain Climate”

Posted by RDN under Climate change / On TV & Radio / Politics & campaigns on 30 August 2010. No comments.

This show sounded like a major apologia and a minor mea culpa from the BBC’s chief climate change analyst . It was, though, mostly depressingly familiar. More »

Will the BP spill transform the oil business?

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Economic affairs / Politics & campaigns on 25 July 2010. No comments.

I was asked to appear on Radio 4’s special programme BP: Beyond the horizon and the Macondo disaster. Would it transform the firm and the oil business? I’m clinging to the idea that it won’t much, but with one big caveat. Here’s the crib I prepared…. More »

BP oil spill update, 15 June 2010

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Politics & campaigns on 15 June 2010. No comments.

It’s been a spectacularly bad few days for BP. Things looks set to get a bit worse. But they may yet turn out less than apocalyptic. Without shouting the odds, here’re some thoughts. More »

RDN on oil spills and ecological disaster on R4 “Today”

Posted by RDN under Climate change / Politics & campaigns / RDN's media outings on 3 May 2010. No comments.

I went on the BBC morning news show to say that the BP/Transocean Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico (a) might be dreadful but (b) would be the first such celebrity event to be an ecological disaster if it is one. More »

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