The Poor Opposition Parties of Scotland

The next general election is a few weeks away and the dominant party in Scotland, the Scottish National Party (SNP), look set for another strong performance. Polls predict they will take a majority of seats in Scotland again.

The Implications of Loss Aversion in Education and Competitive Environments

Imagine you are given the following bet: you will earn $X if a coin turns up heads but would lose $100 if the coin turns up tails. What value of X would be required in order for you to accept the bet?

The Ulterior Motives Behind Boris Johnson’s Winter Election

Boris Johnson has laid down the gauntlet to Jeremy Corbyn, challenging the Labour leader to a general election in December. This is the first time that a general election has occurred in the month of December since 1923. Yet the PM is prepared to take such an unprecedented step and depart from the usual springtime electoral season as he, like his predecessor

History doesn’t Repeat itself, but it Rhymes

As Democrats move closer to impeachment, we explore how lessons from the 2016 campaign being heeded and why historical impeachments are not necessarily the best examples for comparison.

Climate Change: Could it just be natural? Part 4

By Beatrice Omotosho Human impacts – Anthropogenic Greenhouse gases Humans have had an indisputable impact on climate over the last 100 years and this fact has become very clear since 1960s. This is because of the vast increase over a short period of time of short and long lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs) namely CO2, N2O,…

Climate Change: Could it just be natural? Part 3

By Beatrice Omotosho Volcanic eruptions Volcanic eruptions release small fine particles of SO₂ into the atmosphere. Large, explosive eruptions in particular such as the 1991 Pinatubo eruption, cause these particles to reach the stratosphere. These particles often linger for about 1-5 years and move around the globe as it reacts with the atmosphere forming sulphuric…

Climate Change: Could it just be natural? Part 2

By Beatrice Omotosho Climate as a Phenomenon  Climate is characterized by mean air temperature, humidity, winds, precipitation, and frequency of extreme weather events over a lengthy period of time, at least thirty years scientists say. The climate forms and follows long term trends usually of periods of warming and cooling. Climate change is therefore a…

Climate Change: Could it just be natural?

By Beatrice Omotosho The science of climate change is a field in which most laypersons are not knowledgeable in nor familiar with. Now this means if you: like I, are a fellow believer, you may find yourself faced with a situation where a climate change sceptic is disputing the facts you believe to know, and…

Onions in India: A Political Economy of Layers

By Lawrence Ho Not one onion is leaving India. This is the policy implemented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government. You may think that this is a trivial issue, but is arguably a very scary prospect for the onion markets, as a country that exports 2.2 billion kilograms, worth around $514.3 million of fresh…

Booze, Drugs, and Death

By Ryan Morrice Scotland is known for many things: its beautiful Highlands and lochs; its world-renowned whisky; its inventors who gave the world a multitude of innovations such as the telephone and penicillin; and lesser known is the great number of preventable deaths that happen every year: in 2018 there were 1,187 drug-related deaths. Per…