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Liz Truss

Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where a minister was involved in a stand-off with certain groups… Continue reading

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What to expect from Owen Paterson’s think-tank launch?

3 November 2014 15:29

Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on climate change and is now set to intervene in the… Continue reading

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Owen Paterson. Image: Getty

Owen Paterson’s speech on abandoning the 2050 climate change targets – full text

15 October 2014 20:00

Tonight former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s annual lecture. Here’s how he said we should go about ‘Keeping the Lights On’: I would like to thank… Continue reading

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Flooding Continues To Affect The Somerset Levels

Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s swanky new headquarters. Her speech, which was widely trailed, was… Continue reading

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Liz Truss

Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well as having responsibility for the environment, the role also covers… Continue reading

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Lennart Bengtsson, who was due to join the advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

There is something very wrong with climatology

19 May 2014 16:33

In the last few days climate scientists have found themselves back on the front pages, and once again it’s for all the wrong reasons. The furore this time has been… Continue reading

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Opening Of The Isis Education Centre In Hyde Park

Nature belongs at the heart of school life

27 February 2014 9:31

History, Edmund Burke wrote, is ‘a pact between the dead, the living and the yet unborn.’ Nowhere is this pact more important than in our relationship with nature. Conservative governments… Continue reading

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Aerial Views Show The Extent Of The Flooding On The Somerset Levels

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead of looking at it on the map, click the ‘satellite’… Continue reading

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Why the Met Office has hung its chief scientist out to dry

18 February 2014 10:57

Last week the Met Office and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology issued an admirable joint report on the floods and their possible connection to climate change, concluding that it… Continue reading

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Will China kill all of Africa’s elephants?

13 February 2014 14:30

In 2010, Aidan Hartley, our ‘Wild Life’ columnist and Unreported World presenter, asked in his feature below: ‘Will China kill all Africa’s elephants?’ And, as I type, politicians from over 50… Continue reading

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The solution to the floods?

Could beavers really solve our flooding crisis?

11 February 2014 17:35

All this talk about dredging is well and good; but could the humble beaver in fact be the solution to the nation’s floods? Well, as far as the Mammal Society… Continue reading

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A dramatic, gory picture does not necessarily tell the whole story. (Image: Michael Heath)

Let them eat whale

30 January 2014 11:28

If the Faroe Islanders want to eat whale, let them. So says Tim Ecott in today’s Spectator. He argues that the Faroese – who live on dramatic and remote islands… Continue reading

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Are sheep the enemies of promise of the countryside?(PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Britain ever see George Monbiot’s sheep-free fantasy?

28 January 2014 11:50

Would England be the same without the sight of sheep grazing on its ‘green and pleasant land’? Most likely not; but, then again, that might not be a bad thing.… Continue reading

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British Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Yalding

Don’t blame climate change for flood damage, blame David Cameron

31 December 2013 15:15

I’m sure the families clearing up after the Christmas and New Year floods have neither the time nor inclination to wonder if the floods were caused by climate change or… Continue reading

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Why Britain needs Prince Charles

18 November 2013 15:48

This week’s issue of Country Life magazine has been guest-edited by the Prince of Wales. As long term perspectives disappear from national debate, we should all be grateful for his… Continue reading

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Grey-Headed Flying Foxes To Be Relocated From Royal Botanic Gardens

When bats trump people

5 August 2013 10:30

The grey long-eared bat is threatened by extinctions, according to various news reports this morning. Scientists at the University of Bristol, who made the discovery, have called for more protection… Continue reading

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Protesters wear badger masks at a rally in Bristol against the proposed cull. Picture: Getty

The madness of culling badgers

1 June 2013 18:11

Good luck to all the animal rights activists setting off this weekend to harass the members of the Game and Wildlife “Conservancy” Trust shooting blameless badgers. The cull, which could… Continue reading

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Writing of walking

7 February 2013 10:00

At 3pm this afternoon Radio 4’s Ramblings with Clare Balding will broadcast a programme about The Walking Book Club, to which Emily Rhodes belongs. ‘I love walking in London,’ said… Continue reading

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The truth about dead bats and wind farms

6 January 2013 14:23

Are wind turbines really good for the environment? The economics, as we know, is often deeply dubious. But in this week’s Spectator, Oxford biological lecturer Clive Hambler reveals another drawback: the… Continue reading

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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

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Government subdues are keeping turbines spinning slower than they could be. Photo: Getty Images

The great British wind scam: the government responds

24 November 2012 15:34

Even the most ardent supporters of renewable energy would agree that wind turbines should be erected only when the output is worthwhile. If a huge rotating beast is to blot a corner… Continue reading

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What is the most humane way to trap a mouse? Image: Getty

What is the most humane way to trap mice?

6 November 2012 9:21

Anyone know a good method of trapping mice humanely? I’ve got lots of them scurrying around. I bought two humane traps and have so far caught ten of the creatures.… Continue reading

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Protesters wear badger masks at a rally in Bristol against the proposed cull. Picture: Getty

Government to postpone badger cull

23 October 2012 9:43

Conservative backbenchers will be wondering this morning whether they should bother replying to any letters from their constituents about any unpopular government policy. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is to announce… Continue reading

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The heirs of Fred Goodwin want Nick Cohen to become a 21st century citizen by paying for the costs of producing of his statement, twice. Image: Getty.

The myth of the paperless citizen

6 October 2012 20:46

Another day and another unasked for letter asking me to live online. This time it is from my bank, NatWest – and yes, yes, thank you I know that by… Continue reading

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Numerous MPs will have to face diggers in their home town. Photo: Getty Images.

Revealed: the victims of Osborne’s latest green belt assault

5 September 2012 18:10

David Cameron’s choice of Nick Boles as the new planning minister sends a clear signal that he is serious about planning reform. The founder of Policy Exchange is a close… Continue reading

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