Ridley’s Riposte to John Abraham

Guest essay by Dr. Matt Ridley On a blog called Desmog Blog, John Abraham has criticized my recent article in the Wall Street Journal on climate sensitivity. Here’s my piece http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324549004579067532485712464.html And here’s his piece: http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/09/16/john-abraham-slams-matt-ridley-climate-denial-op-ed-wall-street-journal. It’s a poor response, characterized by inaccurate representation of what I said, even down to actual misquoting. In the…

Newsbytes: Science Is About Evidence, Not Consensus

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Met Office Gets A Roasting Over ‘Wet Summers’ Forecast Science does not respect consensus. There was once widespread agreement about phlogiston (a nonexistent element said to be a crucial part of combustion), eugenics, the impossibility of continental drift, the idea that genes were made of protein (not DNA)…

Call for essays: The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize

The Matt Ridley prize for exposing environmental pseudoscience was inspired by Matt’s discovery that a Ridley family trust was making money from a wind farm company. All too often, hysterical groupthink, based on bad science, creates a climate in which politicians intone ‘something must be done’ and throw millions at pointless schemes. So the Ridley prize is…