Climate change

Contraception is the answer to climate change

17 August 2019 9:00 am

When last week’s IPCC report warned that the human race may soon have trouble feeding itself, my reaction was: duh.…

Pure hagiography – the BBC’s Extinction Rebellion: Last Chance To Save The World?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

I’m beginning to feel like Donald Sutherland in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: almost the last person on Earth who…

The end is nigh: the rise of middle-class apocalypticism

29 June 2019 9:00 am

There’s a lot of anger about — and it’s not pleasant. But at least it means people are engaged as…

Barry Lopez. Credit: John Clark

For a passionate ecologist, Barry Lopez burns a lot of oil

29 June 2019 9:00 am

It is more than a generation since the appearance of Barry Lopez’s classic Arctic Dreams. That book’s effortless integration of…

Oodles of fun – but unfair on climate sceptics: Kill Climate Deniers reviewed

22 June 2019 9:00 am

Kill Climate Deniers is a provocative satire by Australian theatre-activist David Finnigan. The title sounds misanthropic and faintly deranged but…

Why we should listen to elephants

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   ‘An elephant has fallen over,’ said the man running up to me. My first thought was that…

How dangerous are barbecues?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Spires on fire Paris was lucky not to lose its medieval cathedral entirely, a fate which London suffered in 1666…

Frankie Boyle's New World Order, on which the comic is paid to say the totally and predictably sayable. Image: BBC/ Endemol Shine UK/ Brian J Ritchie

Why has Frankie Boyle gone so soft?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

‘I spend a lot of time helping teenagers who’ve been sexually abused…’ — beat — ‘…find their way out of…

How climate change led to capitalism

13 April 2019 9:00 am

At a dinner recently I was told the story of a Canadian billionaire (now defined in banking circles as someone…

Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’

If you liked Triumph of the Will, you’ll love Our Planet

13 April 2019 9:00 am

If you liked Triumph of the Will, you’ll love this latest masterpiece of the genre: Our Planet. The Netflix nature…

Letters: the history of centrist parties does not bode well for the ‘breakaway seven’

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The breakaway seven Sir: ‘In both parties there are fools at one end and crackpots at the other, but the…

Here in freezing Chicago we’re secretly rooting for global warming

9 February 2019 9:00 am

One of the few pleasures of advancing age is that, no matter how awful some looming catastrophe may be, you…

No luxury has ever disappointed me as much as my wood-burning stove

26 January 2019 9:00 am

When I first heard rumours that Michael Gove was planning to go round the country with his environmental Gestapo, ripping…

View from the Rigi, Switzerland. The last great blizzard is predicted to be in 2040

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Soon that’s all we’ll be able to do

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I like a book where you don’t think you’re going to be interested in the subject, but then find it’s…

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…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

Why a Big Oil row tells us it’s time to stop fetishising experts

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Something extraordinary and largely unreported has just happened in a court in San Francisco. A federal judge has said that…

The real reason for the fall of Rome? Climate change

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? It’s a question that’s been puzzling writers ever since Edward Gibbon wrote The History…

Notebook

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I’m currently dwelling on past times. I have a film coming out based on the crazy events that took place…

Hostile climate

19 August 2017 9:00 am

The subtitle of Al Gore’s new film is ‘Truth to Power’, which is supposed to give the impression of brave…

A brown coal plan that’s worse than Finkel?

26 July 2017 7:23 am

The Victorian Government’s new Statement on Future Uses of Brown Coal, released earlier this month, is further proof that there…

Same old inconvenient drivel

17 July 2017 7:30 am

Al Gore’s new film, An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power, opens in Australia on August 10. What a pity.…

We didn’t have a real choice in the 1975 referendum. We do now

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The comparison between the referendum questions — that asked in 1975 and the one which we shall be asked on 23…

The slow death of environmentalism

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Would you describe yourself as an ‘environmentalist’? I would, mainly to annoy greenies, but also because it’s true. If your…

Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There was a breathtakingly beautiful BBC series on the Great Barrier Reef recently which my son pronounced himself almost too…