February 9, 2015
September 12, 2014
There is a 97 per cent consensus among scientists. Ice caps are melting. Sea temperatures are rising. And yet we’ve dumped 200 billion tonnes of CO₂ into the atmosphere in the last seven years. Are we in denial about climate change and, as a result, unwilling to even talk about it?
Will climate change ever be discussed down the pub?
June 26, 2014
I have just returned from the British Science Festival which was its usual mix of thought-provoking talks and inspiring people, all of whom were united by their determination to answer some of society’s most pressing questions. One question raised was how to reduce carbon emissions in the face of continued dependency on fossil fuels? The International Energy Alliance (IEA) estimates that by 2050 our energy demands will have doubled, but renewable energy sources will only meet approximately 30 percent of that demand. How can we bridge this gap and still hit our emissions targets?
When we communicate a message, we ideally want to inspire some form of action. But getting people to act is difficult. Campaigners often try to shock people into leaping up from their sofas. But lately it seems that we have become somewhat shockproof. Could ‘doomsday’ messages be to blame? And is it about time that we delivered some good news?