Unpicking the Big in Big Numbers

It’s election season, and so big numbers are everywhere. Some of them may even be accurate, But as politicians promise £millions here and criticise £billion cuts there, distinctions between these numbers blur. I think of it as £M and £bn both amounting to what Daniel Kahneman might term the ‘prototypical image’ of a great heap of cash, with no further disaggregation required. But distinctions are important.

Visions of Nature in a World of 10bn People

As part of the University of Sheffield's pioneering interdisciplinary programme 10bn (see this previous post for more details), I was due last Friday to talk at a session we had organised on 'Visions of Nature in a World of 10bn'. Unfortunately, Storm Doris had other ideas, and I was stranded in London. But had I made it back in time, here's what I would have said…