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Bob Ward Knows More Than The Met Office!

January 24, 2014


By Paul Homewood




The Mail has reported on a paper published this week, which finds that changes in development and land use are mainly responsible for making floods worse. According to the study:

There is such a furore of concern about the linkage between greenhouse forcing [the process by which man-made greenhouse gases are said to force climate change] and floods that it causes society to lose focus on the things we already know for certain about floods and how to mitigate and adapt to them.

‘Blaming climate change for flood losses makes flood losses a global issue that appears to be out of the control of regional or national institutions.

”Blaming climate change makes flooding a global issue that appears to be out of control… it is about what we do on or to the landscape’
From the research paper

‘The scientific community needs to emphasize that the problem of flood losses is mostly about what we do on or to the landscape and that will be the case for decades to come.’


This is, of course, what many of us have been banging on about for a while now.

However, I was more interested in what Bob Ward had to say. Bob, remember, is paid to promote the Grantham Institute’s warmist agenda.


Bob Ward, policy director at the London School of Economics Grantham Institute, disagreed, warning that talking about climate change is vital to the debate.

‘Four of the five wettest years on record in the UK have all occurred since 2000, with 2012 being the second wettest, and this winter shaping up to be the wettest ever,’ he said.


He might be right about this winter, although I suspect he is being a bit premature, given there still 5 weeks to go.

But, if he is convinced that recent wet weather has anything to do with global warming, perhaps he might like to explain why the Met Office forecast that this winter would probably be drier than normal, as recently as the end of November?

Perhaps he might like to share his secrets with them?



  1. January 24, 2014 2:42 pm

    The Beeb has an article by Roger Harrabin “Back-to-nature flood schemes need ‘government leadership

    Without acknowledging what her day-time job is, or, who her employer is, Harrabin twice quoted Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management spokesperson Katherine Pygott “Flooding is getting worse with changing weather patterns, but these schemes are taking a very long time and a lot of energy.” and “We obviously don’t want to be wasting government money on the wrong projects but with weather patterns changing it really makes sense to take a leap of faith on this and say it’s obvious these schemes are going to help if you get them in the right place.” “ [My bold]

    Katherine Pygott is, according to her Linked-In profile, employed as an Associate Director at consulting engineers Arup. She therefore has a responsibility for touting for business from the market the Beeb allowed her to ‘talk up’.

    Her meteorology qualifications are not mentioned.

    When the Beeb broadcasts 3rd-party quotes on say motoring issues, it is always careful to point out vested interests by identifying that it was (say) “Mr Bloggs of the AA”, or, “Mr Bloggs of the RAC”.

    • February 3, 2014 12:03 pm

      There was another Aarup person on the Vine programme last week, saying similar things.

  2. catweazle666 permalink
    January 24, 2014 3:21 pm

    Oh right, the London School of Economics…

    About the only “science” that scores significantly lower than that of climate when it comes to predictive ability.

    I’d trust Mystic Meg on climate before I’d trust Bob Ward. or the Met Office, come to that.

  3. January 24, 2014 4:44 pm

    Oh look. Bob Ward knows more than everybody. Just leave it at that.

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