Climate change

Unhappy blend of melodrama and allegory: Southwark Playhouse’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice reviewed

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a musical fantasy set in a Nordic town near the Arctic circle. Johan is a magician…

The good news on climate

21 February 2021 5:25 pm

As I watch the snow blow past my window, it’s hard not to scoff at the idea of a ‘climate…

The elitism lurking at the heart of the green movement

10 February 2021 11:32 pm

There’s a movement in the UK that is trying to block the building of essential new council housing. It is…

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California burning

30 August 2020 1:46 am

Oakland The air in Northern California was thick and yellow in November 2018. The hills were wrapped not in salty…

What we can learn from Sweden

8 August 2020 9:00 am

It is a particular pleasure to be returning to the columns of The Spectator, more than half a century after…

An environmentalist's apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

8 July 2020 1:28 am

This article was originally published on Forbes website, but subsequently taken down.  On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like…

Tree-ring analysis has solved many historical mysteries

13 June 2020 9:00 am

History is only as good as its sources. It is limited largely to what has survived of written records, and…

France's citizens' climate convention has come back to bite Macron

18 April 2020 5:56 pm

Those of us who are sceptical about the worth of citizens’ assemblies have been noting with interest the upshot of…

Faith, hope and charity: how I survived coronavirus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

I write this on Easter Sunday, sitting comfortably at home, recovering from my brush with Covid-19. I was hospitalised for…

Revealed: Extinction Rebellion’s plan to exploit the Covid crisis

4 April 2020 9:00 am

Extinction Rebellion sees coronavirus as an ‘opportunity’

Mother nature is finally getting the art she deserves

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Exhibitions about fungi, bugs and trees illustrate the depth, range and vitality of a growing field of art, says Mark Cocker

Why I've lost respect for Jeremy Clarkson

7 March 2020 7:30 pm

If Jeremy Clarkson had lived through the Wars of the Roses he would have been neither a Yorkist nor a…

Eco-friendly is not female-friendly

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Eco-friendly is not woman-friendly

Is climate change making the weather more windy?

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Heathrow’s nine runways When was a third runway for Heathrow first proposed? Heathrow was always planned to have multiple runways.…

Why Spectator readers are the nicest people

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad It feels like a sepia-tinged melodrama, one directed by the great schlock master Sam Wood. Driving along the winding…

It’s time for an honest debate about the cost of net zero

25 February 2020 4:55 am

When the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) launched its report on the feasibility of entirely decarbonising the UK economy, we…

Who actually goes on a cruise?

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

Breeding controversy A Downing Street aide, believed to have been recruited as a result of Dominic Cummings’s advert for ‘weirdos…

The perils of owning an erotic Nazi toy

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

My parents told me that their wartime childhoods were punctuated by the expression: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?’…

Letters: Britain can be zero carbon – but only by becoming poorer

15 February 2020 9:00 am

A green and poor land? Sir: Your editorial (8 February) is a timely warning about what the government’s headlong drive…

Boris must have the courage to spell out the true cost of ‘net zero’

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After being sacked as the chairman of the COP26, the UN climate conference which is to take place in Glasgow…

The real reason Glasgow’s UN climate summit will be a nightmare

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…

I won’t be applying to be director-general of the BBC

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Despite huge public pressure, I shall not be applying to be director-general of the BBC. It was kind of Tony…

David Attenborough is making the same mistake as Greta Thunberg

17 January 2020 5:30 pm

It wasn’t so long ago that Sir David Attenborough came across as a calm voice of reason. His much-admired documentaries…


In Iowa, Democrats tell farmers no new jobs until Greta Thunberg is happy

15 January 2020 9:12 pm

We were four minutes in, somewhere on the outskirts of Mideast foreign policy, when the boredom began to take hold.…

Our tree-planting obsession may do more harm than good

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Four beef burgers is the same as flying to New York and back! FOUR BURGERS!’ When I arrived at the…