The COP18 climate change conference in Doha. Photo: Getty Images.

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…

Government subdues are keeping turbines spinning slower than they could be. Photo: Getty Images

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 a mouse? Image: Getty

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 heirs of Fred Goodwin want Nick Cohen to become a 21st century citizen by paying for the costs of producing of his statement, twice. Image: Getty.

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…

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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…

Farmer Teodoro Martinez works with the P

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…

Chancellor George Osborne And Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown Attend The Leveson Inquiry

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…


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…



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…