Climate change

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…

Panto should be about escapism, not saving the planet

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If you were hoping to escape the bilge that’s been pumped out by supposedly neutral organs of the state during…

Channel 4’s climate change debate was a sham

30 November 2019 12:24 am

I’ve seen some mad political debates in my time, but none as bonkers as last night’s climate debate on Channel…

Iceland’s melting glaciers are nothing to panic about

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Is Iceland on the global warming front line? You’d be forgiven for thinking so. We’ve all seen the documentaries where…

A Citizens’ Assembly on climate change is the coward’s way out

2 November 2019 11:11 pm

So is it good news that Citizens’ Assemblies are to sit to decide on how best to address the issue…

A surefire international hit: Lungs reviewed

2 November 2019 9:00 am

No power on earth can stop Lungs from becoming an international hit. Duncan Macmillan’s slick two-handed comedy reunites Matt Smith…

BBC wildlife documentaries are just a chance to tell us all off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Older readers may remember a time when landmark BBC wildlife documentary series were joyous celebrations of the miraculous fecundity of…