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Climate change and policy: do we really think that short term?

The Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability section of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC)  latest report, titled ‘Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis‘ was recently released on 31 March. It makes for pretty grim reading, as did the first one way back in 1990 and each one since – this is the fifth instalment. The ‘summary for…

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Changing your opinion: why is it so wrong in politics?

A common feature of political dialogue, both from politicians and how they are reported on in our media, is the term ‘backflip’. The frequent usage of the term, and the mindset that goes with it, is damaging to productive political discourse. To borrow from John Maynard Keynes, “When my information changes, I alter my conclusions. What do you do,…