Environment

How will Greening deal with the airports issue?

16 October 2011 14:09

One Cabinet minister fretted to me yesterday about the implications of Justine Greening’s appointment as Secretary of State for Transport.…

Osborne’s carbon conceits

3 October 2011 15:33

George Osborne told a Conservative Party increasingly wary of expensive climate policies that Britain needs to “cut [its] carbon emissions…

Eric’ll fix it

30 September 2011 9:10

The papers report that Eric Pickles has beaten Caroline Spelman: bins will be collected on a weekly basis. Back in…

The green threat to growth

26 September 2011 16:03

Luciana Berger is a frequent speaker at this year’s conference and her creed is simple: tax energy use to tackle…

Tories hit back at Huhne and his policies

20 September 2011 18:34

Chris Huhne can always be guaranteed to grate. Several Conservatives have cracked wry smiles at the energy secretary’s comments about…

Huhne, the Lib Dems’ black comedian

20 September 2011 14:22

Today we got the black comedy follow up to Sarah Teather’s stand-up routine.  Chris Huhne is going to drive down…

Huhne pooh-poohs rising energy bills as ‘nonsense’

10 July 2011 15:04

Chris Huhne was on the Andrew Marr show this morning. As you might expect on a day when the Sunday…

A missed opportunity to strengthen the Big Society in rural areas

8 June 2011 17:44

David Cameron came into power promising to deliver the greenest government ever and this week the government published its Natural…

Valuing the natural world

7 June 2011 17:11

Today, the government launched its Natural Environment White Paper. This document is a vision for how we value and use…

Another European squabble looms

13 May 2011 13:07

There is much excitement in Westminster at the moment about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s campaign to end ‘discards’ under the Common Fisheries…

Monbiot’s mission

5 April 2011 16:30

George Monbiot is undergoing an astounding and very public transformation. Last week he overcame the habit of a lifetime and…

The cost to a nation

3 April 2011 16:24

When the West looks at Japan, it’s strange that so much attention falls on the Japanese nuclear plants when the…

When it comes to global warming, rational debate is what we need

31 March 2011 15:37

We had a sell-out debate on global warming at The Spectator on Tuesday and, as I found out this morning,…

Nuclear hysteria

22 March 2011 15:14

The above Japanese video – explaining the nuclear accident to children — makes a lot more sense than many of…

A disaster film

11 March 2011 11:54

And, meanwhile, William Hague and David Cameron have issued statements on the disaster. Here’s Hague: “My thoughts are with the…

Disaster in Japan

11 March 2011 10:54

Graphs and tables cannot ever convey the full tragedy of the situation in Japan, but the one above captures an…

Tinkering with solar panel subsidy risks making bad policy worse

19 February 2011 18:57

The fallout from Chris Huhne’s sudden review of the government’s system of subsidies for small-scale renewable energy gathers momentum. Solar…

Cameron fells the forestry consultation

17 February 2011 10:27

Despite his easy charm, David Cameron is unsentimental. His dismemberment of Caroline Spelman’s sagging forestry policy at yesterday’s PMQs was…

Spelman’s a-turning

11 February 2011 12:43

The BBC reports that the government has dropped some of its plans to privatise forestry. The general scheme will proceed,…

Lost in the woods

10 February 2011 13:31

The government’s plans for state forestry are so weak and feeble that it is hard to understand why there is…

Spelman’s a lumberjack and she’s ok

27 January 2011 16:55

The coalition’s plans to privatise Britain’s woodlands have received what is euphemistically termed ‘a mixed reception’. Caroline Spelman’s consultation document…

A flooded world

17 January 2011 16:41

It looks like the opening of a Hollywood disaster film. The South African government has declared parts of the country…

Will he be back?

6 January 2011 12:55

Clichéd, for sure, but it is the line that’s tagged every story about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s departure from office. Will Arnie…

Putting a stop to taxpayer funded environmentalism

2 December 2010 9:17

It’s that time of year again, time for the world to pay attention to climate change policy for a few…

Carbon omissions

22 November 2010 15:24

With the latest round of international climate change negotiations at Cancun less than a week away, Policy Exchange has published…