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« No, it's natural variability | Main | Props away »
Thursday
Jul092015

All change at the SMC

Here's something I missed last year. There has been a major clearout of the board at the Science Media Centre, with Nature's Philip Campbell, Bob Ward and Simon Singh departing to be replaced by names who are all less familiar (although Dorothy Bishop has recently been in the news as a ringleader in the the Huntwitchhunt). As far as I can see the changes took place last summer.

Not sure I've noticed much change in their output though.

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Reader Comments (9)

It will be good for the windows to have a different vacant look to reflect back.

Jul 9, 2015 at 2:37 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

GC - these people probably don't have windows, they have 'environment awareness panels'. I jest not, my brother-in-law once heard an architect use this expression.

Jul 9, 2015 at 9:41 AM | Registered Commenterlapogus

It's easier to peddle stuff if the spokes people have no real track record since, by the time folks can pin-the-alarm-on-the-warmer the UN in Paris will have done the deed.

Jul 9, 2015 at 11:14 AM | Unregistered Commentercedarhill

lapogus, some in the Met Office could do with some 'Environmental Awareness'. Of course the Green Blob would want Environmental Awareness Panels to consist of dozens of left minded people on £100k, to whinge about how terribly hot it is the wholetime, and the ice cubes in their drinks don't last the way they used to.

Jul 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Through a glass dark greenly.

Jul 10, 2015 at 2:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterBeth Cooper

Probably totally off topic, but did anyone see/listen to the biased BBC getting a buzz out of some report 'decline of the bumble bee' due (naturally) to global warming, this morning?
Luckily it was before breakfast so no spilled coffee.

Jul 10, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterpatrick healy

Patrick Healy, they can't make their minds up about bees. One minute it's agriculture and land use changes, then it's neonicotinoids, then it's global warming, but always our fault according to the BBC. Heard it all before with so many other natural populations that can swing wildly in numbers for no apparent reason. Population dynamics can be mathematically complicated and there is no good reason to expect many populations to be stable (North Sea seals comes to mind from the 1970s/80s. At the time they were convinced it must be 'kemicals'. Later the story changed to a naturally spread virus. You just know that today they would blame global warming) .

My personal experience in central England is that I actually see a lot more bumblebees than I used to.
And I only learned recently that there were no honeybees in the Americas until humans took them there.

Jul 10, 2015 at 9:21 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

I am getting sick and tired of all the scientific papers coming out telling us, this or that species is in decline because of global warming.

The one mentioned by the BBC this morning on bee decline in recent decades is a perfect example. In the last two decades there has been no warming. So how the h*ll can they claim global warming is to blame. The sad thing is, because of their AGW religious ideals, they are absolutely missing the real reason why bees are in decline.

Very poor science indeed.

Jul 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterNeilC

NeilC: very poor reporting, too – they contradicted themselves in one sentence several times! To crudely paraphrase: “The decline in bees is because of global warming (sometimes “climate change” was used), because the right flowers are not available, as they are all moving northwards and we are not planting them, and, anyway, they are doing very nicely where there are flowers.”

Jul 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

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