Give me data and I’ll change your world.

Such claims are commonplace in the world of business, governance, healthcare, elections—any walk of life you may think of. The catch words remind us of late John Martin’s ‘Give me half a tanker of iron and I’ll give you an ice age’. One of the catchiest lines ever spoken by an oceanographer, Martin’s idea of iron fertilisation of oceans, to trigger plankton blooms that would act as carbon sinks, became popular through the 1990s when global warming was becoming evident.

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Seema Singh

Seema has over two decades of experience in journalism. Before starting The Ken, Seema wrote “Myth Breaker: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and the Story of Indian Biotech”, published by HarperCollins in May 2016. Prior to that, she was a senior editor and bureau chief for Bangalore with Forbes India, and before that she wrote for Mint. Seema has written for numerous international publications like IEEE-Spectrum, New Scientist, Cell and Newsweek. Seema is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MacArthur Foundation Research Grantee.

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