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A new book which argues that market-based adaptation should be favoured when contemplating the challenges of climate change

Price £12.50 There is currently a consensus amongst the political establishment – and amongst the intellectual communities that feed into it – that detailed and wide-ranging government intervention is necessary to combat the effects of climate change. This monograph challenges that consensus. The authors look in detail at a number of the underlying assumptions and … Continue reading “Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists”
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Contributions from Robert Balling, Roger Bate, Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, Deepak Lal and Thomas Gale Moore.

Executive Summary The world’s climate is in constant flux: on time-scales from days to millennia, global and regional temperature, wind and rainfall patterns are changing. Over periods of decades and centuries, the most significant factor affecting climate appears to be changes in the output of the sun. Man’s emissions of ‘greenhouse gases’ (GHGs) also play … Continue reading “Climate Change: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom”
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IEA Media Fellow Richard D North Examines the BBC's presentation of the climate change debate

Meltdown , the BBC’s latest factual programming to address the climate change issue, reveals that the corporation does not trust the public with the difficult and complex information necessary for an informed debate on climate change. 2006, Current Controversies For more on these important issues, you may wish to consult Climate Alarmism Reconsidered by Robert … Continue reading “The BBC’s Climate Change Meltdown (web publication)”
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Has the Green Movement really won the climate change argument? Energy shortages will influence us more than climate catastrophe (or the Greens), argues Richard D North

In the 21st paper in the IEA’s Current Controversies series, IEA Media Fellow Richard D North, seeks to move the climate change debate forward to address what (if anything) should actually be done about climate change? 2005, Current Controversies 21 For more on these important issues, you may wish to consult Climate Alarmism Reconsidered by … Continue reading “‘Rednecks’ and ‘Weird People at the IEA’: Moving the Climate Change Debate Forward (web publication)”
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Politicians and ‘opinion leaders’ claim that damaging climate change is in prospect unless drastic centralised action is taken. The prevailing view about climate change action is part of the ‘conventional wisdom’, gaining its authority more from its constant repetition than from its intellectual content. Supporters of the doomsday view of climate change have become a … Continue reading “Challenging the activists on climate change”
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The Government has drawn an extremely positive picture of a “historic global climate deal [by which] the whole world has signed up to play its part in halting climate change” in the account it has given to the public of the draft ‘Paris Agreement’ reached at the recent Paris Climate Change Conference. The gist of … Continue reading “What the Paris Agreement on climate change really means”
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The row between former chancellor Lord Lawson and the BBC has escalated over the past week. In a letter to a green activist, the head of the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit, Fraser Steel, has reportedly apologised for Lawson’s appearance on the BBC Today Programme to discuss climate change and the extensive flooding at the start … Continue reading “Don’t silence Lord Lawson: We can’t leave climate change policy to the scientists”
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Colin Robinson discusses his latest book on climate change policy, Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists. He argues that there is currently a consensus amongst the political establishment – and amongst the intellectual communities that feed into it – that detailed and wide-ranging government intervention is necessary to combat the effects of climate change. In … Continue reading “Colin Robinson – Climate Change Policy”
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The government recently announced a series of measures designed to make Britain a low-carbon economy, including a large expansion of renewable energy (primarily wind), grants for better home insulation and a so-called green transport strategy. Under the Climate Change Act , the UK is “legally bound” to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 26% by … Continue reading “The dark side of climate change policy”