Is animal extinction really the end of the world?

27 June 2015 18:52

‘Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see’, says Pope Francis…

The husky is dead. Long live green conservatism (Photo: Bruno Vincent/Getty)

David Cameron must now lead a green Conservative government

1 June 2015 13:36

Those on the left tend to think that British Conservatism is a derivative of US Republicanism. But environmental policy shows…

Ian Fleming

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…


The tension in Labour’s energy policy between prices and decarbonisation

20 April 2015 16:13

There has always been a tension in Ed Miliband’s energy policy between its aim to get prices down via the…

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Coffee Shots: More election yellow lines for Labour

9 April 2015 15:42

Forget the red lines in this election, it’s the yellow lines that Labour are having a daily struggle with. Yesterday…

The Greenpeace message at the Nazca Lines World Heritage site

How green and peaceful really is Greenpeace?

5 February 2015 10:28

For the best part of half a century Greenpeace’s constant campaigning on environmental issues has been an almost unmitigated success.…

Liz Truss

Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where…


What to expect from Owen Paterson’s think-tank launch?

3 November 2014 15:29

Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on…

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Owen Paterson's speech on abandoning climate change targets – full text

15 October 2014 20:00

Tonight former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s annual lecture. Here’s how he said we should go…

Flooding Continues To Affect The Somerset Levels

Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well…

Lennart Bengtsson, who was due to join the advisory board of the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

There is something very wrong with climatology

19 May 2014 16:33

In the last few days climate scientists have found themselves back on the front pages, and once again it’s for…

Opening Of The Isis Education Centre In Hyde Park

Nature belongs at the heart of school life

27 February 2014 9:31

History, Edmund Burke wrote, is ‘a pact between the dead, the living and the yet unborn.’ Nowhere is this pact…

Aerial Views Show The Extent Of The Flooding On The Somerset Levels

Taxpayers fund farmers to wreck their landscape and flood their homes

18 February 2014 12:04

Go to Google Maps and type in Lechlade – the Cotswold town at the start of the navigable Thames. Instead…

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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…

The solution to the floods?

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…

A dramatic, gory picture does not necessarily tell the whole story. (Image: Michael Heath)

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…

Are sheep the enemies of promise of the countryside?(PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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;…

British Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Yalding

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…

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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…

Grey-Headed Flying Foxes To Be Relocated From Royal Botanic Gardens

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…

People walk on the snow-covered Pont de

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…

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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…