This is my first post of 2014. I've been so busy working on research projects and getting ready for the new semester, that I've neglected my blog! So as its my first post of 2014, I want to talk about something uplifting. How about Britain's impending financial crash and debt crisis? The video below by MoneyWeek is part scaremongering and part drumming up business, but it worth watching as it does make some salient points. Most people want to ignore the scale of the UK's debt problem, but this documentary tackles it head on. Happy 2014!
The Berkeley Earth Project , an independent study of global warming, has found that the earth has become a degree warmer over the past half century. However, the statistical uncertainty surrounding pre-1920 estimates makes it very hard to say much about long-term trends - click here for graph . This is one of my concerns with the global warming debate - we simply don't have trustworthy long-run data which looks at temperature changes over the last millennium (or two). My second concern with the global warming debate is that it is very hard to prove any sort of casual link between global warming and human activity. The scientists may be able to show correlation between global warming and our production of carbon dioxides etc., but correlation is not causation. My third concern with the debate is that those who are sceptical or agnostic are stereotyped as flat-earthers or intellectually-challenged crackpots. This only stifles debate and the progress of science itself.