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Matt Ridley on climate change: “the richer we get, the greener we’ll become”

In this week’s opinion piece for The Times, Matt Ridley, a prominent British journalist and member of the House of Lords, writes that the world’s climate change experts are now saying that strong growth doesn’t hurt the environment, but rather protects it. Matt notes that there is a convergence between the 5 projections given by the Organisation

Matt Ridley: “Armageddon Averted”

“We have a new climate change consensus — and it’s good news everyone” proclaims Lord Matt Ridley, best-selling author of The Rational Optimist, in his latest piece for The Spectator. Matt is referring to the latest news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), whose recent publication differs from the stories of national newspapers that regularly

Listen to Sir John Beddington on 21st century risk

For our latest Breakfast Discussion, hosted at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, we were joined by Sir John Beddington, who is currently Senior Advisor to the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, and a leading authority on assessing and managing risk. After we indulged in an early morning breakfast of delicious bacon rolls,

Alex Bell to talk at Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh International Book Festival is “the largest public celebration of the written word in the world.” Started in 1983, it now occurs annually and is taking place this August from 10th-26th. With 700 events involving over 800 writers and thinkers from across the globe, it is expected that over 220,000 visitors will attend. This

Matt Ridley: “Opposing GM crops is allowing millions of unnecessary deaths”

In his column in today’s The Times, scientist and journalist Matt Ridley explains why opposing GM crops could “kill kids”. Opening his article with “It was over harlequin ducks that we bonded”, Matt recalls his first meeting, ten years ago, with the German Biologist Ingo Potrykus. Four years previously, with colleague Peter Beyer, Ingo had

Energy harvesting: Lighting the office - by walking

Laurence Kemball-Cook features in BBC News report

In a recent BBC news report on entrepreneur Laurence Kemball-Cook and his company Pavegen, the BBC’s Technology reporter notes that “there seems to be no limit to their aspirations.” The article discusses the company’s work to date and its dreams for the future. Pavegen Systems produce floor tiles that generate an electrical current when the

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