Red herrings in the desert

Red herrings in the desert

By Tim Hunter I grew up with David Attenborough. His programmes inspired awe, wonder and a thirst for knowledge. But now I find myself despairing every time a new programme is released as the underlying message that runs through every programme has become dogmatic and unscientific. However, I do try to watch with my 12 … Continue reading

Newsnight on experts

Last night’s BBC Newsnight programme featured a 15-minute film by Ian Katz about ‘experts’: Of course, it starts out with the Michael Gove quote, which for once is presented in full, “I think the people in this country have had enough of experts… getting it consistently wrong”. Paul Nurse – looking more and more like … Continue reading

Fake News and Other Fakes

By TinyCO2 I was just watching Sunday’s The Big Questions, available on BBC iPlayer, a discussion of fake news and whether the internet should be regulated. First off I want to stress that there is fake news out there and the internet is responsible for some of it. So what? The key argument from Dan … Continue reading

Sun’s Out, Big Climate Alarm Guns Out

The jet-setting, climate-campaigning celeb and poet Emma Thompson recently dismissed Britain as a “tiny little cloud-bolted, rainy corner of sort-of Europe, a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island”. And presumably since the vote for Brexit, we’ve sunk even further in her estimation. However, not all of us are misery-laden these days, especially since the referendum. (NB, … Continue reading

Climate policy kills

Climate policy kills

A common theme at Bishop Hill is how policies that are supposed to help the environment actually do the opposite. Examples include biofuels, windfarms, and chopping down trees in the US to burn at Drax. But it’s rare to hear this point made on the BBC, so I was amazed to hear this exchange on … Continue reading

Paris pantomime reaches final act

The Paris COP21 farce is now entering its final act. As predicted by Josh, stage 5 has now been reached, with some reports of deadlock between developed and developing nations.  The next stage of the corny melodrama will be the long, agonising extension of the deadlines, followed at last by the triumphant announcement that the planet … Continue reading