Environment

Wild lynx are either dangerous or docile – but we need to decide

31 October 2017 16:29

It’s interesting that everyone is making such a fuss about this ‘dangerous wild lynx’ that has escaped from a Welsh…

Sadiq Khan’s ‘T-charge’ is another bung for the car industry

23 October 2017 15:11

As an object lesson in how the process of regulation is hijacked by rich and powerful interests, today’s introduction of…

The Clean Growth Strategy is yet another dubious government target

12 October 2017 16:18

In August I wrote here about the government’s pre-announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by…

Can you have your grass-fed beef and eat it?

6 October 2017 16:37

Grass-fed beef just came off the North London dinner party menu. A report by the Food Climate Research Network at the…

Is being green good for business?

28 September 2017 18:00

On Monday 11th September, The Spectator hosted a round table discussion over lunch about whether being green is good for…

Sunday shows round-up: Michael Gove says ‘yes’

2 July 2017 17:36

Michael Gove: The DUP deal is good for the union The newly installed Environment Secretary Michael Gove took to Andrew…

Will Prince Charles’s ‘climate collapse’ prediction come true?

1 May 2017 9:00

Each year, this column has the melancholy duty of reminding the public of the Prince of Wales’s prediction, made in…

Green sentimentalists forget something: nature is utterly brutal

22 January 2016 12:11

Wild Lone is one of the most violent books I’ve ever read. It was published just before the last war and…

Green Tories hopeful that their time is coming

18 December 2015 16:56

If the responses to last week’s Paris agreement on tackling climate change are anything to go by, you’d think politicians…

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…

David Cameron must now lead a green Conservative government

1 June 2015 13:36

Those on the left tend to think that British Conservatism is a derivative of US Republicanism. But environmental policy shows…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

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…

Coffee Shots: More election yellow lines for Labour

9 April 2015 15:42

Forget the red lines in this election, it’s the yellow lines that Labour are having a daily struggle with. Yesterday…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…