We aint got no edukashun!

“I’d never heard of rhodium!” Ben Thompson, Anchor, Inside Track, Business Live, BBC World Service TV, 9 October 2017, during a segment on gold and the platinum group of metals. One can only assume that this BBC presenter never did chemistry, Mendeleev and the periodic table at school. Sadly, it…

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Mitigating Paris

As we argued in 2007 and again following the G20 summit in Hamburg, global warming will affect poor countries far less able to cope with the consequences than the advanced industrial nations. We also warned that if the science is correct, emissions of greenhouse gases need to be reduced due…

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QED – yet again

Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, has given an interview to the BBC. The big scandal on social media in the United Kingdom was that Scaramucci kept invading the personal space of the female interviewer Emily Maitlis. Much more interesting is how such self-appointed “critics” failed to notice Scaramucci’s confirmation…

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No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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Washington Post gets the Warsaw Pact wrong

The last few weeks have seen efforts and rhetoric by NATO members to mollify the U.S. President following Donald Trump’s various remarks during last year’s campaign and following his election that NATO was obsolete, that the U.S. was paying too much for the alliance and that most other countries were…

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