‘The Trick’: What Did Climategate Mean?

Tonight, the BBC broadcast ‘The Trick’, their commissioned TV drama of the 2009 Climategate affair. The drama focused on the relationship between Professor Phil Jones and his wife Ruth, and the handling of the controversy by Phil’s employer – the University of East Anglia – in the days and months after the unauthorised release of […]

‘The Retreat of Scientific Debate’

Just over a year ago, I was one of about 50 original co-signatories to the Great Barrington Declaration, a short statement which challenged the prevailing policy orthodoxy that societal lockdowns were the only way to combat the risks to society posed by COVID-19. I briefly rehearsed my reasons for doing so at the time — […]

The IPCC’s Mistaken “Science-First” Approach to Climate Change

The first of four separate reports comprising the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) was released today.  This is the report of Working Group 1 (WG1), ‘The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change’.  It makes for dramatic headlines and grabs attention.  But the WG1 report also begs the most important questions about climate change: what policies […]