Environment

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…

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…