Atoms are not people: comparing the natural and social sciences

Following a Twitter debate this week on the utility of social sciences cf. natural sciences as a basis for public policy (see the above screenshot for some of the comments), I thought it might be time for a preliminary sketch of the differences between these two (very) broad areas of knowledge. Is social science a …

Climategate, media volume and public concerns – what’s the relation?

In my last blog I promised some further discussion of the link between media volume and public concern about climate change. This is what today‚Äôs blog is about, based on some work I carried out with a former MA student, Alan Valdez. Discussions about the agenda-setting power of the media, particularly in the context of …

Waiting for gate-gate

Debates about climate change (global warming, the greenhouse effect and so on) have a long history. However, observers of the debate generally agree that 1988, the year that the IPCC was created, was the year that climate science became climate politics. From then onwards there was, on the one hand, a steady accumulation of scientific …