Environment

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…