It was a summit of sorts, but certainly not a meeting of minds: at 10am on 19 November, six of Britain’s most eminent climate change scientists entered a wood-panelled committee room in the House of Lords to face the country’s most prominent climate change sceptic, Lord Lawson.
The scientists had originally understood the meeting to be a private briefing for the former chancellor, following a spat between the peer and Professor Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning biologist and president of the UK’s elite science academy, the Royal Society.
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