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Climate change

Climate kamikaze

26 May 2010 17:10

Several months ago, European leaders went to Copenhagen to save the planet. China, India and Brazil on the other hand went to the climate negotiations in Denmark to showcase the… Continue reading

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Goldsmith’s declaration of independence

15 April 2010 14:55

Make what you will of his political agenda, but I think this is quite a refreshing admission from Zac Goldsmith today: "There are various things I have said in this… Continue reading

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A week to forget for Andrew Adonis

26 March 2010 11:31

The weekend cannot come quick enough for Andrew Adonis. What an awful week. The BA strike wrecked travel; the absurd Stephen Byers dragged him into the lobbying scandal; the RMT… Continue reading

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Rationalism enters the climate change debate

6 February 2010 15:47

I have been gripped by The Guardian’s climate change investigation and reporting these last few days. We do like to tease George Monbiot but he was one of the first… Continue reading

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Oh no, the Tories are consulting Lord Stern

2 February 2010 17:38

According to Laura Kuenssberg, Lord Stern is not an official advisor but confirms that he is consulting with the Tories on their climate change policy. As Iain Martin notes, what… Continue reading

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It’s war!

31 January 2010 11:51

Politicians have to shout to be heard over the lurid tale of John Terry’s bordello, but Ed Miliband’s fervour for climate change is sufficiently shrill. He has declared “war” on “sceptics”,… Continue reading

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George Monbiot’s Alternative Universe

22 December 2009 1:29

George Monbiot isn’t everyone’s cup of char, not least in these parts. I don’t write much about climate change because the subject* bores me and so I’m happy for Monbiot… Continue reading

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I blame Bono for the Copenhagen failure

20 December 2009 12:56

So who or what is to blame for the failure of the Copenhagen gathering to achieve what most people hoped for? Polly Toynbee says that the nature of politics is… Continue reading

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The relevance of politics

19 December 2009 12:47

This morning’s papers share a unifying theme: the failure of political leadership to secure a deal at Copenhagen. Now, I applaud politicians for not succombing to enormous pressure and making… Continue reading

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The spectre at the climate change feast

17 December 2009 12:19

Today the TaxPayers’ Alliance is releasing a new report which sets out the huge and excessive burden that green taxes impose on families and business across the UK. At the… Continue reading

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Should Prince Charles be getting involved in the Copenhagen debate?

16 December 2009 10:30

I’m of the view that climate change is happening and that the evidence suggests that man’s actions are playing a significant role in this. I’m even in favour of a… Continue reading

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My week as a climate change denier

8 December 2009 18:07

The Spectator’s Global Warming special is only in the shops for a couple more days.  If you’ve missed it – or if you still need convincing to buy it –… Continue reading

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Copenhagen dispatch

5 December 2009 16:24

I make my second foray into the climate debate with trepidation. But visiting Denmark a few days before COP 15, it is impossible to escape the subject. Whether I speak… Continue reading

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The truth about global warming

5 December 2009 13:05

Anyone interested in climate change should buy The Spectator today. We don’t normally make such naked plugs here on Coffee House, but our global warming special has a line-up of… Continue reading

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What happens when you try to debate climate change…

4 December 2009 21:16

Sky News invited me around for what I expected would be a civil debate on climate change at 2:30pm today – but for people like Bob Ward, there’s no such… Continue reading

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"Saboteur" or realist?

4 December 2009 17:13

Lord Lawson is Andrew Neil’s guest on this week’s BBC Straight Talk and, among other topics, the former chancellor rebuffs Ed Miliband’s accusation of climate change heresy. Lawson said: “I… Continue reading

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Why the Maldives aren’t sinking

3 December 2009 14:52

The President of the Maldives recently held a Cabinet meeting underwater, saying his islands may be submerged. In an open letter, taken from the climate change supplement in the latest… Continue reading

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Countdown to Copenhagen

2 December 2009 16:20

How seriously are we to take Lord Stern on the economics of climate change? At the LSE yesterday, he rather hysterically claimed that the Copenhagen summit will be "the most… Continue reading

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The political case for environmentalism weakens

29 November 2009 15:29

The Politics Show conducted a fascinating poll into the concerns of voters aged under 20. The Recession Generation are primarily concerned with, well, the recession. Economic recovery, public spending and… Continue reading

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Has dead aid taken on a green hue?

27 November 2009 15:08

We’ve got £800 million to spare, haven’t we?  Don’t be so cynical – of course we do.  After all, it’s the amount of UK cash that Gordon Brown is prepared… Continue reading

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Osborne’s recycling giveaway is actually an Age of Austerity measure

24 November 2009 10:37

I don’t want to be a stick-in-the-mud when it comes to an idea which is actually quite promising, but it’s worth pointing out that George Osborne’s plan to pay people… Continue reading

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Is the world cooling or not – and what is to blame?

23 November 2009 16:18

The Financial Times supplement this weekend contained profiles of the world’s leading climate experts, including – the magazine promised – the world’s leading sceptic. I quickly leafed through the pages… Continue reading

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