Climate change

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are polar bears really at threat from global warming?  Image: Getty

At long last the mainstream media are paying attention to global warming sceptics

12 April 2013 12:49

The failure of the Earth to warm since the start of the century has been a talking point for global warming sceptics for many years, but it is only in… Continue reading

Reports of the demise of snow in Britain have been exaggerated. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s happening? Snow was ‘disappearing from our lives’ in 2000

27 March 2013 7:30

Enormous thanks to OGT for alerting us all to the brilliant article from the Independent – published on Monday March 20th, 2000. Here’s the first bit of it: ‘Britain’s winter… Continue reading

Is this snow really a result of climate change? Photo: Getty Images.

This extreme weather is a consequence of exhaustive reporting

25 March 2013 11:07

Just as a follow up to what I was talking about below. Here’s the government’s chief scientific advisor, Sir John Beddington: ‘Professor Sir John Beddington said that time lags in… Continue reading

Sir Paul Nurse

Nursing prejudice: how climate change activists are prisoners of their own politics

19 February 2013 15:07

Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel laureate and President of the Royal Society, has been hitting out at global warming sceptics. In a speech to the University of Melbourne recently, he… Continue reading

"Shall I send a cheque to the House of Lords?" Letwin asked Lawson

How Oliver Letwin lost his Kyoto bet with Nigel Lawson

6 January 2013 13:09

Not that anyone has noticed, but the Kyoto Protocol expired on 31 December, with  carbon emissions up by 58pc over 1990 levels – instead the 5pc cut the signatories envisaged.… Continue reading

The COP18 climate change conference in Doha. Photo: Getty Images.

In Doha, a big green rent-seeking machine

9 December 2012 18:34

A couple of weeks ago the great global warming bandwagon coughed and spluttered to a halt in Doha, the latest stop on its never-ending world tour. The annual UN climate… Continue reading

Tata has announced 900 job cuts at steel plants across the UK. Image: Getty

Tata Steel’s job cuts, a tale of 2 press releases

23 November 2012 14:39

Today brings bad news that Tata Steel is to cut 900 jobs in the UK (at plants in South Wales, North Yorkshire, Teesside and the West Midlands). This is catastrophic… Continue reading

Unlocked: the BBC's policy makers. Photo: Getty Images.

Revealed: who decides the BBC’s climate change policy

13 November 2012 13:04

Just when you thought the BBC had no more scandals, Guido Fawkes has revealed what the Beeb tried very hard to cover up: the 28 mysterious individuals who have been… Continue reading

The other side of the BBC. As a taxpayer funded organisation, it must remain open about its operations. Photo: Getty Images.

Another BBC scandal: hiding their climate change agenda

11 November 2012 13:53

While the BBC struggles to deal with its recent bout of self-proclaimed ‘shoddy journalism’, there’s another ethical scandal simmering away. The simple question of ‘who decides how the BBC covers climate change’… Continue reading

The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Danny Alexander’s real enemy

11 August 2012 17:22

Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is to drop his normally conciliatory voice to attack the Tories at the Lib Dem party conference in Brighton. So what? you… Continue reading

Burbo Bank Wind Farm Now Fully Operational

The Treasury sides with the consumer over climate policy

23 July 2012 14:30

Tim Yeo is now posing as a friend of the consumer. Launching the latest report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee this morning, he attacked the Treasury for ‘refusing to back… Continue reading