Climate change

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…

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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…


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…

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…


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…

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…

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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…

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…

A Transmission Tower Collapses In Sichuan

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…

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…

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…

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…


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…


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…

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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…


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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…