Matt Ridley

Why don't the EU's pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

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…

The world is getting greener. Why does no one want to know?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The world is getting greener. Why does no one want to know?

How hunting and shooting help wildlife – and not just in Africa

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Hunting and shooting helps wildlife, here and in Africa

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

Matt Ridley’s diary: My undiscovered island, and the Met Office’s computer problem

6 April 2013 9:00 am

We’ve discovered that we own an island. But dreams of independence and tax-havenry evaporate when we try to picnic there…

Losing the ashes

3 November 2012 9:00 am

The Forestry Commission’s carbon fetish is to blame for the failure to act sooner to save our trees

Where there’s smoke

22 September 2012 9:00 am

The birth of environmentalism and a strange link to the belief that smoking doesn’t cause cancer

The windfarm delusion

3 March 2012 2:00 pm

The government has finally seen through the wind-farm scam – but why did it take them so long?

Seeing red

25 February 2012 11:00 am

With each passing year it becomes clearer that the cure for global warming is worse than the disease. While wind…

Say no to wind farms: Shale of the century

15 October 2011 5:00 pm

The arguments for wind farms just became obsolete. We’re entering an era when gas will be cheap, plentiful – and green

The polar bear problem

13 August 2011 12:00 am

They’re thriving – and they’re hungry

A green dark age

21 May 2011 12:00 am

The government’s new emissions target will despoil the countryside, rob the poor – and enrich landowners like me


14 May 2011 12:00 am

Matt Ridley opens his Diary


26 May 2010 12:00 am

Matt Ridley opens his diary

The global warming guerrillas

3 February 2010 12:00 am

Matt Ridley salutes the bloggers who changed the climate debate. While most of Fleet Street kowtowed to the green lobby, online amateurs uncovered the spin and deception that finally cracked the consensus

The real origin of Darwin’s theory

23 September 2009 12:00 am

Matt Ridley retraces Darwin’s footsteps and says that it was his encounter with ‘savages’ in Tierra del Fuego, not the Galapagos finches, that first convinced him of evolution