Environment

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…

Could beavers really solve our flooding crisis?

11 February 2014 17:35

All this talk about dredging is well and good; but could the humble beaver in fact be the solution to…

Let them eat whale

30 January 2014 11:28

If the Faroe Islanders want to eat whale, let them. So says Tim Ecott in today’s Spectator. He argues that…

Will Britain ever see George Monbiot’s sheep-free fantasy?

28 January 2014 11:50

Would England be the same without the sight of sheep grazing on its ‘green and pleasant land’? Most likely not;…

Don’t blame climate change for flood damage, blame David Cameron

31 December 2013 15:15

I’m sure the families clearing up after the Christmas and New Year floods have neither the time nor inclination to…

Why Britain needs Prince Charles

18 November 2013 15:48

This week’s issue of Country Life magazine has been guest-edited by the Prince of Wales. As long term perspectives disappear…

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…