Environment

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Hydropower: the winner of the 2012 Matt Ridley award

2 September 2012 22:26

The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize is now open. Click here for more details. When Matt Ridley offered £8,500 for the…

The View from 22 — something fishy, Romney’s Tea Party, tall building syndrome and Clegg’s nonsense theories

30 August 2012 9:21

Why does hydroelectric power have such a friendlier image compared to other forms of renewable energy? In this week’s magazine…

Katie Kitamura interview

10 August 2012 9:42

Gone to the Forest is Katie Kitamura’s second novel, about a family and the cost of European colonization in an…

Osborne’s latest ‘defining moment’

20 June 2012 14:45

It is always sensible to pay attention to Ben Brogan’s Telegraph column, if only because it so frequently seems to…

End the #endfossilfuelsubsidies subsidy

19 June 2012 11:30

The European Union has been handing out grants to environmentalist groups since 1997. New research by the Taxpayers’ Alliance today…

What fossil fuel subsidies?

18 June 2012 13:30

The environmental movement hasn’t responded well to the setbacks it has suffered seen since the failure of the Copenhagen climate…

Osborne versus wind farms

3 June 2012 14:30

Here’s a U-turn that we can all welcome: felling the wind farms. Matt Ridley described, in a Spectator cover story some while…

The deeper problem behind Europe’s rising carbon emissions

30 May 2012 17:49

The Government takes a lot of stick for blaming the weather when there are queues at airports or lacklustre growth…

Science or starvation

6 May 2012 13:20

Here, for CoffeeHousers, is an extended version of the leader column in this week’s magazine. It takes on the green…

Downfall

15 April 2012 9:45

It did not take long. Last month, Matt Ridley argued in a Spectator cover story that the wind farm agenda is…

Shapps has ‘deep reservations’ about the ‘conservatory tax’

11 April 2012 11:14

There is deep unease among Tory ministers about the proposals for a so-called ‘conservatory tax’. The idea, which was pushed…

JET — three letters that spell trouble for the coalition

10 March 2012 13:13

JEET. That, according to Andrew Grice in the Independent, is the new ‘buzzword’ circling around Libdemville (population: 57 MPs, and…

The Matt Ridley Prize is open to everyone

6 March 2012 10:58

The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize is now open. Click here for more details. We’ve already had some entries for the…

Announcing the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy

1 March 2012 8:08

The 2013 Matt Ridley Prize is now open. Click here for more details. Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind…

The green squeeze

18 February 2012 16:57

Bjorn Lomborg’s article on why Germany is cutting back on its support for solar power is well worth reading and…