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If journalists can’t stray from the ‘we’re all gonna die!’ climate narrative without being pilloried, we really are doomed.

Matt Ridley is the rarest sort of journalist. He holds a PhD in science – zoology, from Oxford University. This makes him better equipped than most of us to evaluate scientific findings.

Not only has Ridley served as science editor of The Economist magazine, he is the author of Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters and several other books about scientific matters.

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One would think that his bedrock qualifications and illustrious career would count for something. One would expect that even people who disagree with him would recognize that he is an experienced, informed journalist whose analysis is worthy of serious consideration.

But that has not been Ridley’s experience. In a recent column for The Times newspaper – also published on his…

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