Bob Ward

Policy and Communications Director

Bob joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in November 2008, shortly after its launch.

He also holds the following positions:

Background

Bob joined the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from Risk Management Solutions, where he was Director of Public Policy.

He also worked at the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, for eight years, until October 2006. His responsibilities there included leading the media relations team.

He has also worked as a freelance science writer and journalist.

Bob has a first degree in geology and an unfinished PhD thesis on palaeopiezometry.

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society. 

Media articles

2014

Letters: Climate change: it’s worse than we thought|
Bob Ward, The Independent (2nd Letter), 22 March

Dismissal of claims is unsurprising|
Bob Ward, The Financial Times (Letter, subscription is required), 13 March

UK floods making climate sceptics hot under the collar
|Bob Ward, The Guardian, 14 February

Arctic sea ice has not been recovering
|Bob Ward, The Financial Times (Letter, subscription is required), 2 February

IPCC hearing brings UK closer to US polarisation on climate change|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 27 January

Owen Paterson has failed to factor climate change into flood insurance|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 10 January

2013

Hypocrites of Northcliffe House|  
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 13 December

Pricing nature is a capital idea|
Bob Ward, The Independent, 21 November

Global warming |
Bob Ward, The Times (letter; subscription is required), 19 November

High fuel bills and global warming|
Bob Ward, The Times (subscription is required), 9 November

David Cameron wants to cut green taxes. But it's our reliance on fossil fuels that's to blame for rising energy bills
|Bob Ward, The Independent, 23 October

A better planet?
|Bob Ward, The Times (letter), 22 October

Global warming sceptics using media campaign to discredit IPCC |
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 4 October

Morally outrageous tactics by climate change 'sceptics' to try to discredit new report|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 4 October

Letters: Climate change is hitting lives already|
Bob Ward, The Independent (letters), 1 October

UK Energy Policy|
Bob Ward, Letters to the Editor, The Times (subscription is required), 1 October

Backbench assault on climate laws reflects UK policy uncertainty
|Bob Ward, Business Green (subscription is required), 16 September

Cameron is at a turning point on climate change
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Bob Ward, The Independent, 10 September

David Cameron must heed the experts, not the sceptics, on climate change
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Bob Ward, The Observer, 24 August

Fracking - will it cut our fuel bills?
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Bob Ward, The Times (letter; subscription is required), 23 August  

FT does readers a disservice with flawed climate analysis
|Bob Ward, Business Green, 8 August

Thinking aloud: climate change|
Bob Ward, Sky News,  31 July

By giving a platform to climate change sceptics, the BBC is misleading the public|
Bob Ward, New Statesman, 24 July

Huge blow to campaign by climate change 'sceptics'|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 24 July

Climate change will hurt the poorest the most|
Bob Ward, The Times (letter; subscription is required), 24 July

The corruption of the public debate on climate change|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 12 July

Time for the US Congress to back President Obama on climate change|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 26 June

Colorado wildfires are linked to global warming
|Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 19 June

Is Owen Paterson on top of the climate adaptation brief?
|Bob Ward, Business Green, 19 June

Climate change study is grim reading |
Bob Ward, Bangkok Post, 13 June

Europe's economic crisis has nothing to do with green policy
|
Bob Ward, The Vancouver Sun, 25 May

Spectator reveals worrying insight into direction of Tory policy on climate
|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 10 May

PR smokescreen cannot hide the holes in climate teaching proposals|
Bob Ward, The Guardian (blog), 29 April 

Ukip's energy and climate policies under the spotlight|
Bob Ward, The Guardian (blog), 4 March

How Fleet Street is still misleading the public over climate change |
Bob Ward, New Statesman, 27 February

Secret funding of climate sceptics is not restricted to the US |
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 15 February

Boris Johnson's climate change "scepticism" is an embarrassment to London's scientists
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Bob Ward, New Statesman, 23 January

What a heatwave in Australia tells us about climate change and the extreme weather of the future
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Bob Ward, The Independent, 8 January

Meteorology needs bold leadership to build public trust in climate research |
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 8 January

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2012

 

A long day for the UK at the United Nations Climate Change Summit |
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 6 December

 

[Re: US energy policy is thriving despite a quiet campaign, yesterday]|
Bob Ward, City AM (letter), 6 November

 

Peter Lilley's flawed climate analysis|

Bob Ward, The Guardian (letter), 28 October

 

Rapid responses|

Bob Ward, City A.M. (letter), 8 October

 

UK government cuts to science funding threaten the British Antarctic Survey|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 3 October

 

The Australian echo chamber of climate change denial |

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 13 September

 

Why is Boris Johnson promoting climate change "sceptics"? |
Bob Ward, New Statesman, 1 August

 

The BBC is sacrificing objectivity for impartiality on climate change |

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 6 July

 

Climate confusion |
Bob Ward, The Times (subscription is required; letter), 6 July

 

Leaders not plugged in to climate change reality|
Bob Ward, Financial Times (free registration is required), 2 July

 

What is the 'polluter pays' principle? |

Bob Ward and Naomi Hicks, The Guardian, 2 July

 

Flash floods are on the rise, while the budget to tackle them sinks |

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 18 May

 

More evidence that the world's biggest newspaper website is misleading its readers about climate change|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 10 April

 

Another researcher falls victim to the echo chamber of climate change denial|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 2 April 

 

News Corporation, the Murdochs and climate change|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 5 March

 

Heartland Institute leak exposes strategies of climate attack machine|
Bob Ward, 21 February, The Guardian

 

Leaked files expose Heartland Institute's secrets|

Bob Ward, New Scientist, 16 February

 

2011

 

False sea level articles expose failure of UK press self-regulation|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 14 December

 

Is accuracy being frozen out of the BBC's climate change coverage?|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 8 December

 

Scientists frustrated in climate change debate
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Bob Ward, Financial Times (free registration is required), 3 December

 

Why the house journal of the sceptics is full of hot air|

Bob Ward, The Independent, 2 December

 

Hot air|

Bob Ward, Sunday Times (letter), 23 October

 

Lord Lawson's Global Warming Policy Foundation is spreading errors|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 21 October

 

Paul Dacre's climate coverage undermines his case for self-regulation of the press|
Bob Ward, The Guardian (environment blog), 17 October

 

You've Been Trumped: film reveals tycoon's ruthless efforts to build Scottish golf resort|
Bob Ward, The Guardian (environment blog), 13 September

 

Is this the 'Smoking Ray-Gun' from the extra-terrestrial origin of global warming?|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 24 August

 

Is climate change science too trendy for school lessons?|

Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 17 August

 

An echo chamber of climate change denial|
Bob Ward, Huffington Post, 4 August

 

Climate pragmatism or climate illusion?|

Bob Ward and Alex Bowen, Huffington Post, 3 August

 

EUSJA news: United Kingdom| (PDF)
Bob Ward, Newsletter of the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA news), 15 July

 

The IPCC's review process|
Bob Ward, Economist (letter), 7 July

 

The Daily Mail owners buy climate change, so why doesn't the paper?|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 16 June  

 

Climate change education can still be part of a slimmed-down curriculum|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 13 June

 

America's climate choice: Put up or shut up |

Bob Ward, New Scientist, The S Word (blog), 17 May

 

Why science is a vote winner|

Bob Ward, New Scientist, The S Word (blog), 6 May

 

Lord Lawson's incredible complacency on climate change|
Bob Ward, The Sunday Times (subscription is required), 10 April; MS Word doc|

 

Inflation erodes UK science budget|
Bob Ward, The S Word (blog), New Scientist, 29 March

 

Climategate controversy continues|
Bob Ward, New Scientist, The S Word (blog), 18 March

 

Wettest autumn|

Bob Ward, The Telegraph (letter), 13 March

 

hy the BBC's 'impartial' stance on climate science is irresponsible|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 3 March

 

Has the impact of 'Climategate' worn off?|

Bob Ward, The S Word (blog), New Scientist, 14 February 

 

More investment needed in UK's research base|

Bob Ward, Financial Times (letter), 5 February 

 

Why have UK media ignored climate change announcements?|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 13 January

 

Warming world|

Bob Ward, The Telegraph (letter), 2 January

 

2010

 

UK science allocation: more gloom
|
Bob Ward, The S Word (blog), New Scientist, 20 December

 

UK research spend: cuts could reach 17 per cent|

Bob Ward, New Scientist, The S Word (blog), 28 October

 

Future economic growth depends on maintaining research and development|

Bob Ward, The Telegraph (letter), 19 October

 

Not so jolly hockey stick|
Bob Ward, Geoscientist Online (leader), 7 October 

 

Sceptics' publishing record on climate change|

Bob Ward, The Science Show (radio transcript), Radio National, 2 October

 

Transparency is needed in climate change research|

Bob Ward, The Financial Times (registration is required), 29 September

 

Climate 'communism'|
Bob Ward, The Telegraph (letter), 14 September

 

Still wary of Bjørn Lomborg's pronouncements on climate change|

Dr Alex Bowen, Dr Simon Dietz, Dimitri Zenghelis and Bob Ward, The Guardian (letter), 2 September

 

Did climate sceptics mislead the public over the significance of the hacked emails?|Bob Ward, The Guardian, 19 August

 

Climate-change thinking|

Bob Ward, The Economist (letter), 22 July

 

Thatcher becomes latest recruit in Monckton's climate sceptic campaign|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 22 June

 

Royal Society and climate change|
Bob Ward, Times Online (letter), 1 June 

 

How climate scientists can repair their reputation|

Bob Ward, New Scientist , 29 May

 

UK Royal Society revives confusion as US concludes climate change certainty|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 28 May

 

We need to protect blue-sky research|

Bob Ward, The S Word, blog for New Scientist, 17 May 

 

Climate sceptics guilty of double standards in condemnation over data

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 5 March

 

Climate change data must be presented clearly|

Bob Ward, The Times (letter), 29 January

 

Disastergate' is an excuse for IPCC critics to dig up old academic rows|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 26 January

 

A mistake over Himalayan glaciers should not melt our priorities|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 18 January 

 

2009

Copenhagen climate change summit: We should not just keep calm and carry on, argues Bob Ward from the London School of Economics|

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Ward, Daily Mail, 11 December                

Ian Plimer's uncritical coverage in the hacked emails row is frustrating|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 8 December

 

Climate change denial is the new article of faith for the far right|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 2 December

 

This climate email-hacking episode is generating more heat than light|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 20 November

 

Climate change debate and the non-believers|

Bob Ward, The Times (letter), 17 November

 

People power is crucial to making Copenhagen a success|
Bob Ward, The Guardian, 10 September

 

Heaven and Earth by Ian Plimer|
Bob Ward, The Times , 22 August

 

Why ExxonMobil must be taken to task over climate denial funding|

Bob Ward, The Guardian, 1 July 

Policy articles

2013

Ward, B., and Hicks, N. October 2013. Recent and future changes in the global and UK climate. Policy brief, Grantham Research Institute, London, UK. External link to full report| (PDF, 493KB)

Hicks, N., and Ward, B. The IPCC report-writing process. Briefing Note, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK.External link to briefing note| (PDF, 383KB)

Hicks, N., and Ward, B. Submission to inquiry on ‘Climate: public understanding and policy implications’ by the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. External link to full report| (PDF, 157KB)

Hicks, N., and Ward, B. Submission to inquiry on ‘Climate: public understanding and policy implications’ by the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. External link to full report| (PDF, 157KB)

Surminski, S., Crick, F., Eldridge, J., and Ward, B. August 2013. Securing the future availability and affordability of home insurance in areas of flood risk. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (195KB)

Hicks, N., Ward, B., and Lester, S. April 2013. Climate change in the National Curriculum in England: Submission to a consultation by the Department for Education. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. External link to full report |(PDF, 101KB)

Hicks, N., Ward, B., and Lester, S. Climate change in the National Curriculum in England: Submission to a consultation by the Department for Education. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. External link to full report| (PDF, 101KB)

Bassi, S., Rydge, J., Khor, C.S., Fankhauser, S., Hirst, N., and Ward, B. March 2013. A UK 'dash' for smart gas'.  Policy brief, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. External link to full report| (PDF, 1.4MB)

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2010

 

Ranger, N., Gohar, L., Lowe, J., Bowen, A., and Ward, R. August 2010. Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: is it possible to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C? Policy brief, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of brief|

Research articles

2010

Ward, R.E.T. October 2010. Communicating climate change. Weather, v.65, pp.309-310. External link to full article|

Ward, R. September 2010. Comment: 'Knock knock: where is the evidence for dangerous human-caused global warming?' by Robert M. Carter.

  • Published: Economic Analysis and Policy, v.40, pp.125-143. Download PDF of paper
  • Unpublished: Working paper, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper

2009

Ward, R.E.T. August 2009. Climate change, the public, and the media in the UK: a watershed moment. In: Boyce, T. and Lewis, J. (eds) Climate Change and the Media. Peter Lang Publishing Inc., New York, pp.59-64.

Herweijer, C., Ranger, N., and Ward, R.E.T. July 2009. Adaptation to climate change: threats and opportunities for the insurance industry. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: issues and practice, v.34 pp.360-380. External link to full article|  

Ward, R.E.T., Fong, J., Jones, B.E.M., Casselton, L.A., and Cox, S.J. 2009. How national science academies in developed countries can assist development in sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Technology Management, v.46, pp.9-26.

2008

Ward, R.E.T. November 2008. Good and bad practice in the communication of uncertainties associated with the relationship between climate change and weather-related natural disasters. In: Liverman, D.G.E., Pereira, C. and Marker, B. (eds) Communicating Environmental Geoscience, The Geological Society, London, Special Publications 305, pp.19-37.

Ward, R.E.T., Herweijer, C., Patmore, N., and Muir-Wood, R. January 2008. The role of insurers in promoting adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice, v.33, pp.133-139. External link to full article|

2007

Ward, R.E.T., Muir-Wood, R., and Grossi, P. 2007. Flood risk in New Orleans: implications for future management. Geophysical Research Abstracts, v.9, 04542. External link to full article|

Ward, R.E.T. 2007. The Royal Society and the debate on climate change. In: Bauer, M.W. and Bucchi, M. (eds) Journalism, Science and Society: Science Communication between News and Public Relations. Routledge, New York, pp.159- 172.

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