Climate change

The tension in Labour’s energy policy between prices and decarbonisation

20 April 2015 16:13

There has always been a tension in Ed Miliband’s energy policy between its aim to get prices down via the…

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…

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…

Australia’s Tony Abbott has made history by abolishing the hated carbon tax

17 July 2014 12:56

A few years ago, the conventional wisdom down under held that Tony Abbott and his centre-right Liberal Party were crazy…

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…

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…

David Cameron’s sacred cows exposed by Freakonomics

16 May 2014 13:30

There’s an interesting bit in the first chapter of Think Like a Freak, (Allen Lane, £12.99), from the Freakonomics duo,…

National Trust trusting in green dogma

2 May 2014 16:06

Strange happenings at a place that many people think of as one of Britain’s National Treasures: the National Trust. As…

If you really hate wind farms, David Cameron won’t help you

16 April 2014 14:32

The Prime Minister is planning to cap the total number of onshore wind farms in Britain. But what would limiting…

The potential of shale – in the fight against climate change…

14 April 2014 18:27

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report earlier this morning which contains a remarkable insight. Ottmar…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’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…

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…