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Alternative Facts: Trust Us, We're Like Smart People


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This isn’t the first time SciEnvy has
gotten political, and I’m sure that it will not be the last. If you’ve tuned in to the news this week, you will also have born witness to a series of executive orders pouring from The Whitehouse like they’re going out of fashion. Amongst lies spouted from the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump about inauguration numbers, tweeting out a photo of Barrack Obama’s crowd with the wrong date inscribed, and acts of atrocity against women, comes - quite frankly - terrifying policy changes to a well established climate policy.

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Dilemma ft. Climate Change

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Last week (11-13th April), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in Nairobi to consider the proposal made in Paris in December 2015 around producing a special report by 2018. The week before, UEA hosted the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research PhD Conference. These two events might appear completely unrelated. Sure, the chances of those at the IPCC meeting knowing (or caring) about a PhD conference are slim. But the reverse is not true.
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Isoprene: Struggling for Air

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Climate change is one of the most important reasons to improve science communication. Solid communication is the only way to keep those that think that our
changing climate is a hoax, fabricated into an elaborate web by scientists and high ranking government officials. My first retort to this, is that it would be impossible to have every scientist in the world on the same page, it’s hard enough to get me and my supervisory team in the same room, at the same time, let alone organise a global conspiracy. The second thought is, government would actually have to listen to us. But that is a topic for another day…

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Biofuels: Literally Green Energy


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With world officials attempting to come to agreements over future climate budgets, renewables energy are once again in the eye of the media. Undeterred by the global focus, a solution to providing clean, low carbon energy is still some way off. The argument for nuclear power rages on, - regardless of recent advances in wind and tidal energy - while our carbon footprint continues to expand exponentially. It seems clear to me that the global energy crisis can not be solved by complete reliance on one renewable energy source, and that a cumulative effort is the key to success.

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