Environment

The trouble with Greta Thunberg

23 April 2019 11:20 pm

In popular mythology Greta Thunberg is a one-girl revolution who has inspired millions of young people into action by being…

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Gosh it hurts when your little corner of paradise is destroyed by a few idiots’ ignorance and greed. This is…

I had no idea how fascinating rubbish could be: The Secret Life of Landfill reviewed

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Not the most beguiling of titles, I admit, but The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History (BBC4, Thursday) was…

Plywood at its most curvaceous, acceptable and collectible: Alvar Aalto armchair, 1930 (left), and moulded plywood chair by Grete Jalk, 1963

Grain of truth

8 July 2017 9:00 am

We routinely feel emotional about materials — often subliminally. Which is why new substances and techniques for manufacturing have provoked…

Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Another pillar of climate alarmism is looking distinctly wobbly

It starts with tidying your sock drawer. It ends with emptying your mind

16 April 2016 9:00 am

It starts with tidying your sock drawer. It ends with emptying your mind

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s good looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

How humanity learned to love whales (and what they taught us in return)

13 February 2016 9:00 am

How humanity learned to love them – and what we learned about ourselves in the process

Are we at peak ‘peak’ yet?

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Near Victoria Station in London they began to build a tower-block advertised as ‘The Peak’. I expected it to resemble…

Zac Goldsmith: the London race will be tough for me – and the Conservative Party

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Zac Goldsmith explains how he will sell himself to a city that’s now solidly Labour

A Supreme Court justice and the scary plan to outlaw climate change

10 October 2015 9:00 am

How do you make an imaginary problem so painfully real that everyone suffers? It’s an odd question to ask, you…

We let programmers run our lives. So how’s their moral code?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

A few years ago, in the week before Christmas when supermarket sales are at their highest, staff at one branch…

Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…

The Volkswagen diesel scandal was driven by carbon obsession

3 October 2015 8:00 am

A fixation on carbon emissions will produce many more scandals like the one that has shamed Volkswagen

My obsession with litter is bordering on mental illness

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s no good. I’ve tried to resist it, but I’ve succumbed. I’m now a full-blown litter Nazi. Whenever I leave…

Bristol, the European capital of green nannying and bureaucracy

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Environmental nannying is wrecking my beloved Bristol

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…

My part in a masterpiece of political correctness

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, James Delingpole: all winners of major art prizes. I was awarded mine last week by Anglia…

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

How long will it be before the climate forces us to change?

17 January 2015 9:00 am

As the climate changes, will we? The story of the little ice age suggests that adaptation will take years of suffering

Prue Leith’s diary: I want to be green, but I’ve got some flights to take first...

18 October 2014 9:00 am

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get older and more deeply retired,…

Who are you calling a blob, Owen Paterson?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Owen Paterson shouldn’t hold green activists responsible for his sacking. The culprit was David Cameron

Why has Britain signed up for the world’s most expensive power station?

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain is about to buy the world’s most expensive power station

A successful obesity campaign? Fat chance

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Fat chances The National Obesity Forum said that Britain is reaching a ‘doomsday scenario’ where half the population is obese.…

Global warming's glorious ship of fools

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It’s too good to be true