Environment

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…

An important intervention on energy policies, but will the Lib Dems pay attention?

6 February 2012 12:48

The economist Dieter Helm is one of the few policy thinkers respected on both sides of the coalition. Oliver Letwin…

A slight change of heart on HS2?

3 December 2011 17:49

There’s been an intriguing, if minor, development in the HS2 case this afternoon. The Guardian reports that the Department of Transport…

How will Greening deal with the airports issue?

16 October 2011 14:09

One Cabinet minister fretted to me yesterday about the implications of Justine Greening’s appointment as Secretary of State for Transport.…

Osborne’s carbon conceits

3 October 2011 15:33

George Osborne told a Conservative Party increasingly wary of expensive climate policies that Britain needs to “cut [its] carbon emissions…

Eric’ll fix it

30 September 2011 9:10

The papers report that Eric Pickles has beaten Caroline Spelman: bins will be collected on a weekly basis. Back in…

The green threat to growth

26 September 2011 16:03

Luciana Berger is a frequent speaker at this year’s conference and her creed is simple: tax energy use to tackle…

Tories hit back at Huhne and his policies

20 September 2011 18:34

Chris Huhne can always be guaranteed to grate. Several Conservatives have cracked wry smiles at the energy secretary’s comments about…

Huhne, the Lib Dems’ black comedian

20 September 2011 14:22

Today we got the black comedy follow up to Sarah Teather’s stand-up routine.  Chris Huhne is going to drive down…

Huhne pooh-poohs rising energy bills as ‘nonsense’

10 July 2011 15:04

Chris Huhne was on the Andrew Marr show this morning. As you might expect on a day when the Sunday…

A missed opportunity to strengthen the Big Society in rural areas

8 June 2011 17:44

David Cameron came into power promising to deliver the greenest government ever and this week the government published its Natural…

Valuing the natural world

7 June 2011 17:11

Today, the government launched its Natural Environment White Paper. This document is a vision for how we value and use…

Another European squabble looms

13 May 2011 13:07

There is much excitement in Westminster at the moment about Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s campaign to end ‘discards’ under the Common Fisheries…

Monbiot’s mission

5 April 2011 16:30

George Monbiot is undergoing an astounding and very public transformation. Last week he overcame the habit of a lifetime and…

The cost to a nation

3 April 2011 16:24

When the West looks at Japan, it’s strange that so much attention falls on the Japanese nuclear plants when the…

When it comes to global warming, rational debate is what we need

31 March 2011 15:37

We had a sell-out debate on global warming at The Spectator on Tuesday and, as I found out this morning,…

Nuclear hysteria

22 March 2011 15:14

The above Japanese video – explaining the nuclear accident to children — makes a lot more sense than many of…

A disaster film

11 March 2011 11:54

And, meanwhile, William Hague and David Cameron have issued statements on the disaster. Here’s Hague: “My thoughts are with the…

Disaster in Japan

11 March 2011 10:54

Graphs and tables cannot ever convey the full tragedy of the situation in Japan, but the one above captures an…

Tinkering with solar panel subsidy risks making bad policy worse

19 February 2011 18:57

The fallout from Chris Huhne’s sudden review of the government’s system of subsidies for small-scale renewable energy gathers momentum. Solar…

Cameron fells the forestry consultation

17 February 2011 10:27

Despite his easy charm, David Cameron is unsentimental. His dismemberment of Caroline Spelman’s sagging forestry policy at yesterday’s PMQs was…