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Why Science Matters

Why does science matter? Grand physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva or breakthroughs on genome sequencing sound cool, but does it really impact my day to day life? The answer is emphatically yes and a paper published fifty years ago gives us a great example why. Described by Nature magazine as, ‘arguably the greatest climate-science paper of all time’, Syukuro Manabe and Richard Wetherald published the results of their work building a climate model and effectively settled the debate on whether Co2 caused climate change. Scientists had known since 1861 (yes, 1861) that CO2 was a greenhouse gas, but the Manabe and Wetherald paper yielded realistic results as to how it happens. At the time, climate change was not even on the political agenda, but scientists have built on their work and are probably the best hope we have for avoiding catastrophic and unavoidable climate change. Now tell me that science doesn’t intrude into your daily life.

Its yet another example of why collaboration within the scientific community should go unhindered. These are not UK problems, US problems or any other countries problems, they are global problems. Scientists need to move freely if ideas are to move freely. Which means politicians need to get out of the way or we’ll all end up the poorer for it.

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