Tagged: Uncertainty

Little Whyte Bull - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 09, 2014

Late last week, New Zealand’s far right ACT party was pleased to let the media know that its leader, Jamie Whyte, had won the “prestigious Institute of Economic Affairs’ Seldon1 Award” — an award given to IEA fellows by the IEA for work published by the IEA. Whyte is an IEA fellow, which may (or […] … Read More

Does success in science correlate with an acceptance of uncertainty? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Nov 17, 2013

One of the challenges with science communication is communicating uncertainty, something that is at the core of science but which produces some confusion and frustration for the wider public who prefer definitive answers to life’s questions. However, this morning as I read the book “Cells to Civilizations – the principles of change that shape life” by Enrico Coen, it occurred … Read More

NZCCC 2013: Barry Smit on adaptation – Inuit, wine and uncertainty - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 07, 2013

Kicking off the afternoon sessions on the first day of this year’s NZ CCC conference, Professor Barry Smit of the University of Guelph in Canada launched his keynote — titled From theory to practice, from impacts to adaptation (abstract) — with a rousing climate version of Let It Be. I caught up with him during [...] … Read More

Water allocation and limit-setting in a changing climate - Waiology

Waiology Nov 20, 2012

By Daniel Collins Last week, the Land and Water Forum released its third and final report on water management in New Zealand. It is a substantial piece of collaborative work with 67 recommendations. Number 29 is that allocation limits be set by taking into account “any flow and water level fluctuations caused by seasonal or other climate variations”. While … Read More

Uncertainty is not your Friend - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 09, 2012

This a guest post by Stephan Lewandowsky, the Winthrop Professor and Australian Professorial Fellow at the School of Psychology at the University of Western Australia. The article originally appeared at Shaping Tomorrow’s World. The Australian Future fund is tasked with delivering high risk-adjusted returns on public funds, such as the Australian Government’s budget surpluses, in [...] … Read More

More expansive governance - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Feb 10, 2012

Earlier this week I went to hear Prof John Benington from Warwick  University give Treasury’s Guest Lecture.  His topic was ‘Leadership, Governance and Public Value in an Age of Austerity‘. Not as dry as you may think. One of the issue’s he highlighted was what he called a “Copernican” revolution in society, driven by economic, environmental, … Read More