Climate Change: Effective Adaptation Versus Costly Curbs – The Dilemma For UK Policy Makers

The four horsemen of the apocalypse make an appearance in today’s report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Increasing magnitudes of warming increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” warns the report which makes for scary reading, highlighting the risks of food shortages, floods and the extinction of many … Continue reading

Skin In The Game: Why Taking People Out Of Tax May Not Be Such A Good Idea

A philosophical thread ran through yesterday’s UK Budget linking the historic changes to pension rules with the increase in the amount that workers can earn before they start paying income tax. It is better for people to have control over their own money rather than it is to let insurance companies do it through pension … Continue reading

The Fingerprints Of God Are Found Imprinted On The Sky

News of a major breakthrough in physics emerged yesterday (Monday, 17 March, 2014) and is reported widely across the press today; and rightly so, for this is one of the most important scientific discoveries of our time. Scientists using a special radio telescope in Antarctica have found evidence that ancient waves of gravity rippled through … Continue reading

Would You Want To Know If You Had Alzheimer’s?

Would you want to know if you were going to get dementia? That is the frightening question posed by new research published online in Nature Medicine this week. A new blood test that looks for tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s in the fat composition of your blood has been developed by researchers at the Georgetown University … Continue reading

The Big Question: Is It Our Moral Duty To Stand Up To Russia Over Ukraine?

Is it our moral duty to stand up to Russia? This was the first question debated on this morning’s edition of The Big Questions on BBC1 television in the UK. And the question cuts to the heart of the Ukrainian problem: what is the right thing to do when faced with illegal actions by a … Continue reading

The Real And Scary Lesson For The West From Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine has exposed weakness and confusion in the West. Speak softly and carry a big stick, advised former US President Theodore Roosevelt. Yet, we have done precisely the opposite over Ukraine by talking tough and making unspecified threats that we are unable to back up. Worse, the European Union (EU), set up to … Continue reading

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