Does the law follow the science when it comes to the climate?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the mantra of “following the science” has been oft-repeated by politicians. Senior ministers, flanked by scientific advisers at televised press conferences, have used the refrain to reassure the public that crucial coronavirus-related decisions are based on sound scientific advice (even though, some may argue, the advice of scientists has sometimes been disregarded).

by Jamie Carpenter
Sir Patrick Vallance: has been appointed the chief scientific adviser to COP26 (Photo by DAN KITWOOD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Sir Patrick Vallance: has been appointed the chief scientific adviser to COP26 (Photo by DAN KITWOOD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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