Matt Ridley

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…

More gas, less wind

13 May 2017 9:00 am

The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the…


6 May 2017 9:00 am

The Prosperity UK conference over a week ago kicked off with a dinner at Hatfield House that brought together Leavers…


4 February 2017 9:00 am

 ‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

Climate of ignorance

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Global greening is the name given to a gradual, but large, increase in green vegetation on the planet over the…

Don’t grouse about grouse

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The vast Bubye Valley Conservancy in southern Zimbabwe is slightly larger than County Durham, as well as much hotter and…

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


30 November 2013 9:00 am

I flew from London into Sydney, then Melbourne, to make three dinner speeches in a row. Through nerves I never…

Why climate change is good for the world

19 October 2013 9:00 am

The current scientific consensus is that climate change is doing more good than harm