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If you really hate wind farms, David Cameron won’t help you

16 April 2014 14:32

The Prime Minister is planning to cap the total number of onshore wind farms in Britain. But what would limiting the number of wind farms to those in existence or… Continue reading

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David Cameron tours a Total shale site in Lincolnshire. (AFP PHOTO/Lindsey Parnaby.)

The potential of shale – in the fight against climate change…

14 April 2014 18:27

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report earlier this morning which contains a remarkable insight. Ottmar Edenhofer, head of the IPCC working group, told a press… Continue reading

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IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri launching his report this week. Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Adapting to climate change, monogamy in gay marriage and new forms of electioneering

3 April 2014 8:41

Is the world finally realising it has to adapt to, rather than halt, climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matt Ridley discusses this week’s Spectator cover on… Continue reading

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PMQs: Ed Miliband wants belief in climate change to be an article of faith

26 February 2014 13:17

Ed Miliband again went on climate change and the floods at Prime Minister’s Questions. Miliband believes that Cameron is vulnerable on this subject, that people will notice how Cameron –… Continue reading

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Who is behind the ship of fools?

4 January 2014 19:36

As Chris Turney and his colleagues make their way home from their failed adventure, the next question is: who is going to be paying for their folly?  It certainly isn’t… Continue reading

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Global Warming Imapcts On Australian Antarctic Territory

The moral of the Antarctic ship of fools: never treat a scientific debate as if it is closed

3 January 2014 19:02

My tweet yesterday – ‘all saved from the ship of fools’ – has turned out to be premature. The havoc created by Professor Chris Turney’s Antarctic expedition  has since increased.… Continue reading

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The climate change trip stuck in ice

2 January 2014 13:48

My favourite quote of the season comes from Tracy Rogers, a marine ecologist who sometime today will be winched from the research vessel the Akademik Shokalskiy and rescued by helicopter.… Continue reading

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An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Fracking debate: ‘Let’s peek into this pandora’s box’

3 December 2013 14:50

At last night’s Spectator debate, the audience voted dramatically in favour of the motion Let’s Get Fracking! Despite impassioned speeches from Green party leader Natalie Bennett, Greenpeace’s Joss Garman, and Craig… Continue reading

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We can reduce carbon emissions, but we can’t afford Labour’s targets

2 December 2013 12:15

If Britain is to meet its self-imposed carbon-reduction targets it means the end of coal by 2030. Things aren’t looking much brighter for the coalition. The deep fissure between Liberal Democrat-driven green… Continue reading

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Today's Sun front page, announcing the Prime Minister intends to 'get rid of the green crap'

Why the Right is wrong about ‘the green crap’

21 November 2013 13:05

The Conservative flirtation with environmentalism was never much more than a branding exercise. Now it is over. Today David Cameron wants to ‘cut the green crap’. Perhaps the Prime Minister… Continue reading

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There’s no point in just outsourcing our CO2 emissions

16 November 2013 18:59

The global warming question is back on the political agenda with David Cameron likening cutting greenhouse gas emissions to house insurance. His argument is that if there’s a risk that… Continue reading

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Greenpeace activists in Warsaw hold pictures of their comrades currently held by the Russian government. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Are climate change talks getting dirty?

14 November 2013 17:37

Warsaw – As reports flood in of devastation in the Philippines,  pressure is growing on ministers attending United Nations talks in Poland to prove that on-going climate change talks are not a… Continue reading

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Panic over! My cover piece in last week's Spectator drew a few reactions.

A response to my critics on global warming

25 October 2013 9:30

My Spectator cover story on the net benefits of climate change sparked a lot of interest. There was an explosion of fury from all the predictable places. Yet not one… Continue reading

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Ed Davey on Marr, making it up as he goes along

Ed Davey’s energy fantasies

19 October 2013 13:13

As energy prices continue to — with British Gas imposing a 9.2 per cent rise — the government is under growing pressure. The tragedy is that any genuine solution to the… Continue reading

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The View from 22 podcast: is climate change good, Tommy Robinson and another Tory/Lib Dem pact

17 October 2013 8:39

Are there any upsides to climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, author and columnist Matt Ridley discusses the economic impact of global warming with Fraser Nelson, and whether… Continue reading

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Greg Barker: BBC gives too much coverage to climate change sceptics

9 October 2013 19:16

If you asked most people about the BBC, few people would describe it as a hotbed of scepticism about global warming. But the coverage that the BBC gives to those… Continue reading

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Climatology’s great dilemma

23 September 2013 9:59

Climate science is, once again, on the horns of a very uncomfortable dilemma. Whatever the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chooses to do in the next few weeks its… Continue reading

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The View from 22 – Ed Miliband’s last laugh, the IPCC’s latest climate change report, and Lib Dem party conference

19 September 2013 11:01

Are the Tories right to see Ed Miliband as a joke? On this week’s Spectator cover, Peter Brookes has drawn Miliband as Wallace, with Ed Balls as his ‘Gromit’ sidekick.… Continue reading

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An exploratory shale oil drilling site. (FRANCOIS BECKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Government fights misinformation over shale planning process

5 August 2013 15:00

The government is busy quelling worries about the planning process for exploratory shale drilling, following this disobliging article in yesterday’s Observer. The government stresses that its planning guidance document, which… Continue reading

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Ed Davey's grilling on the Sunday Politics has caused much outcry. Photo: BBC.

An inconvenient interview: Andrew Neil defends his grilling of Ed Davey

22 July 2013 17:49

Andrew Neil’s interview on Sunday Politics the other week triggered much reaction – and protest from those who do not believe that there is a debate to be had. Andrew has… Continue reading

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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Visit The BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow

So where is the ‘ecosystem collapse’ that Prince Charles warned us about?

21 June 2013 15:10

It is traditional for me, at this season, to remind readers of the Prince of Wales’s prophecy, spoken in Brazil in March 2009. His Royal Highness warned that the world… Continue reading

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Seasonal Weather Returns To The UK

Met Office in crisis meeting as sun comes out

18 June 2013 9:00

The Met Office is apparently holding a ‘crisis meeting’ today to discuss why Britain’s weather refuses to behave itself these days. No sooner had the camp, pirouetting, forecasters told us… Continue reading

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Tim Yeo, as filmed in a sting by the Sunday Times.

Tim Yeo “steps aside” as committee chairman. But will he now sue himself for libel?

10 June 2013 21:42

From the moment that the Sunday Times caught Tim Yeo offering to advise energy companies for cash, it was clear that his chairmanship of the energy and climate change select committee was untenable.… Continue reading

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Tim Yeo, as filmed in a sting by the Sunday Times.

First Mercer, now Yeo – isn’t it time politicians tried to entrap journalists?

9 June 2013 9:22

Now that it has become commonplace for the press to entrap MPs and peers, why don’t our legislators try to turn the tables? I suggest that ministers sidle up to… Continue reading

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A fracking plant in America. Picture: Getty

Let’s get fracking

8 June 2013 19:04

Great news on the fracking front. A company called IGas says it’s sitting on a huge shale gas reserve deep below Cheshire. Given the company’s ‘most likely’ estimate of 102… Continue reading

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