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Commentaries from 2013

Commentary about climate change events and news from staff and members at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Below are commentaries published in 2013.


UN climate talks: Good COP Bad COP|

5 December: Samuela Bassi

COP 19 aimed to progress the negotiations towards a global climate change agreement, which the Parties are seeking to finalise by 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. The conference overran by one day, with a modest outcome.

Old Building sign at LSE

A fractured future: climate change in an age of fossil fuel abundance|

29 November: Lord Browne

Commentary based on a speech delivered by Lord Browne of Madingly at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on 27 November 2013.

Pencil rubber on school notepad 

Lord Ridley's flawed article in "The Spectator'|

18 October: Bob Ward

This week’s issue of ‘The Spectator’ features an article by Lord Ridley, the Conservative hereditary peer, which asks: what are the overall impacts of climate change so far, and what will they be in the future? Unfortunately, having asked a good question, Lord Ridley’s shallow grasp of the issues and ideological approach leads him to a flawed interpretation of research findings.


Humiliating mistakes by ‘The Mail on Sunday’|

18 September: Bob Ward

‘The Mail on Sunday’ is facing humiliation after two articles published earlier this month which attacked the evidence for climate change were revealed this week to contain embarrassing errors.


Electricity pylons

The case for a European low-carbon economy|

12 July: Lord Nicholas Stern

Europe has a golden opportunity to re-ignite growth by investing in the transition to a low-carbon economy. With interest rates at low levels, relatively high unemployment and liquidity in the private sector, governments can unleash economic activity through sound and credible policies that encourage investment in its energy infrastructure.

Pencil rubber on school notepad

Behind the headlines: climate change and the National Curriculum|

23 April: Naomi Hicks

Last week saw the closure of the consultation on the Government’s planned changes to the National Curriculum for pupils aged under 14 in England. The newspaper headlines of the last few weeks have highlighted widespread concern; particularly in relation to the teaching of climate change to students in Key Stages one to three.

Bird flock

Behind the headlines: bird fatalities and wind turbines|

12 April: Naomi Hicks

Once again, it’s been a busy couple of weeks in the national headlines for wind farms. In this article, we draw on peer-reviewed research to take a more detailed look at the issue of bird fatalities and wind turbines, to provide the broader context behind the headlines.

Old Building sign at LSE

Correspondence about ‘The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review’|

22 February

Letters between Bob Ward, Policy and Communications Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, and Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP.

Jet engine

Has the EU ETS induced low-carbon innovation?|

21 February: Antoine Dechezleprêtre and Raphael Calel

The EU ETS is the main instrument of European climate policy, seen as a driving force of the EU’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Compelling evidence is found that the EU ETS has indeed encouraged regulated companies to develop new low-carbon technologies, but this effect is concentrated among too few companies to account for the surge in low-carbon patenting.


Shambolic media coverage of the Met Office’s new short-term forecast|

14 January: Bob Ward

Discusses how the UK media’s reporting of the Met Office’s short-term global temperature forecasts were based on inaccurate information from the Global Warming Policy Foundation.