Matt Ridley

Was Covid beginning to peak before the second lockdown?

24 November 2020 9:46 am

‘I don’t think that word means what you think it means,’ says the Spaniard Inigo Montoya in the film The…

Temper your excitement about the Covid vaccine

14 November 2020 11:59 pm

Ever since Giacomo Pylarini, a physician working in the Ottoman Empire, sent a report to the Royal Society in 1701…

Students who catch Covid may be saving lives

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Students who catch Covid may be saving lives by building up immunity

Could the key to Covid be found in the Russian pandemic?

6 June 2020 9:00 am

What we can learn from the Russian flu pandemic

The growing evidence on vitamin D and Covid

18 May 2020 11:32 pm

The argument that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to more severe cases of Covid is gaining ground. It is now…

We know everything – and nothing – about Covid

9 May 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as ‘the science’ – but facts are emerging from the Covid fog

The contenders – and challenges – in the race to cure Covid

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

The contenders in the race to cure Covid

The curious age discrimination of coronavirus

28 March 2020 9:00 am

Why does coronavirus affect the generations differently?

We are about to find out how robust civilisation is

21 March 2020 9:00 am

I had believed this kind of infectious pandemic could not happen today

Why have so many of our recent viruses come from bats?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Why are they responsible for so many of our recent viruses?

Britain needs to rediscover failure if it wants to prosper

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Britain needs to rediscover trial and error, serendipity and speed

We’ve just had the best decade in human history. Seriously

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Let nobody tell you that the second decade of the 21st century has been a bad time. We are living…

The most dangerous thing about the Amazon fires is the apocalyptic rhetoric

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese expert on forests who also plays football, so when he shared a picture online of…

Lying with science: a guide to myth debunking

2 March 2019 9:00 am

‘The whole aim of practical politics,’ wrote H.L. Mencken, ‘is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be…

Nothing to do with global warming

Ignore the global warming hysteria: hurricanes are not getting worse

20 October 2018 9:00 am

When I land on the east coast of America, people tell me they’ve never met a Trump voter. When I…

The eradication of South Georgia’s rats proves we can do anything – even Brexit

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The extermination of every single one of South Georgia’s rats, for the sake of its birds, was confirmed at a…

Even if we could create genius ‘designer’ babies, there’s no demand for them

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Christmas Day marks the birthday of one of the most gifted human beings ever born. His brilliance was of a…

America would never join anything like the EU. Yet they urge us to stay

20 February 2016 9:00 am

America is urging Britain to stay in the European Union. But it would never dream of joining a comparable organisation

Ernest Shackleton and other South Georgia ghosts

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The terrible news that Henry Worsley had died just 30 miles short of crossing the Antarctic continent unsupported reached me…

The climate change agenda is a conspiracy against the poor

5 December 2015 9:00 am

In trying to protect ‘our grandchildren’ from climate change, politicians are hurting the poor. They shouldn’t

‘Quitting is suffering’: Hon Lik, inventor of the e-cigarette, on why he did it

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Hon Lik, life-saving inventor of the e-cigarette, on why he did it

Matt Ridley’s diary: Why a Guardian contributor wants me beheaded

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Martin Williams, former head of the government’s air quality science unit, has declared that the reason we have a problem…

Now remember August 1714

2 August 2014 9:00 am

Some reasons to remember this week’s other great anniversary: the accession of George I

E-cigarettes are making tobacco obsolete. So why ban them?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The e-cigarette means that tobacco is going the way of the top hat. So what is the medical establishment’s problem with it?

We have a new climate change consensus — and it's good news everyone

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Adapting to climate change is far more effective than trying to stop it