Global Warming


The death of the global warming ‘pause’ has been greatly exaggerated

6 January 2017 8:10

The global warming ‘pause’ never existed, say the headlines. It’s a claim that has been made before, only to be…

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Global temperatures have fallen – so why isn’t it being reported?

29 November 2016 9:00

Remember how rises in global temperatures were reported earlier in the year? Here is a taste from the Guardian in…

The science – and politics – of climate change

2 October 2016 12:01

Matt Ridley, well known to Spectator readers, is giving the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s Annual Lecture on 17 October, at…

Martin Wolf, Davos man

Why the FT’s Martin Wolf is wrong about the EU

7 May 2016 8:15

Last week, I wrote about the fevered state of mind of the Financial Times as British voters threaten to throw…

A bleached area of the Great Barrier Reef (Photo: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. Why does nobody seem to care?

11 April 2016 10:25

We seem to be wilfully blind when it comes to nature. Right now, Australia is in the grip of an…

A new paper in a prestigious journal proves a 15-year hiatus in global warming. Why it it being ignored?

26 February 2016 18:32

This article, in Nature magazine, ought to have been front page news – and might have been, had it suggested…

Quentin Letts

BBC ‘environment analyst’ explodes on Twitter as BBC presenter mocks Met Office’s climate prophecies

6 August 2015 22:16

Climate change is the subject of a complex debate in which, increasingly, experts disagree with each other. Nearly all of them believe in…


Was the global warming pause a myth?

22 July 2015 12:40

Is the world still getting warmer? If so, how fast? Has there been a global warming ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ or not?…


Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis’s dogma on climate change

18 July 2015 22:53

‘The Church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters.’ In that one sentence, Cardinal Pell…


Is animal extinction really the end of the world?

27 June 2015 18:52

‘Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see’, says Pope Francis…

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The Pope and climate change: Francis is slapping his conservative critics in the face

17 June 2015 20:07

Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment comes down firmly on the side of the global warming consensus/lobby (delete according to…

The Greenpeace message at the Nazca Lines World Heritage site

How green and peaceful really is Greenpeace?

5 February 2015 10:28

For the best part of half a century Greenpeace’s constant campaigning on environmental issues has been an almost unmitigated success.…

Frozen Fools

Why don’t we hear about the beneficial side of climate change?

28 November 2014 15:54

Two headlines on successive days speak volumes about the scaremongering which is endemic in the way in which learned bodies…

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…


In defence of Nigel Lawson, and his fellow climate sceptics

8 July 2014 14:45

Some people find climate change ‘deniers’ the most irritating people on God’s green earth. On her Telegraph blog Martha Gill…

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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…

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…

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Global warming isn’t to blame for the disaster in the Philippines

12 November 2013 17:15

According to news reports, Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines a few days ago, is now overshadowing the UN climate summit…

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…

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…

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What’s strange about this weather? Nothing at all

23 March 2013 12:59

How can we stop weather hyperbole? I am so staggeringly bored of waking up each morning to headlines which insist…