Climate change

Extinction Rebellion protestors in Piccadilly last month

Boycotting energy companies won’t solve climate change

25 May 2019 9:00 am

They pollute the planet. They are turning global warming into a catastrophe. And they are taking humanity to the brink…

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…

How the World Bank keeps poor nations poor

21 October 2017 9:00 am

What is the point of the World Bank? You probably think of it, if at all, as a benign institution,…

Armando Iannucci’s Notebook: no, my film about Stalin is not about Trump

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…

Question Al Gore on climate change and he’ll call you a ‘denier’

19 August 2017 9:00 am

I asked Al Gore about his new film and he called me a ‘denier’

The great myth of the global warming ‘pause’

17 June 2017 9:00 am

As global warming believers and sceptics argue, the sea heats up

How to banish the scary jihadi monsters

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Saturday evening in Durham. My in-laws and I had just begun our usual postprandial shout about Donald Trump when my…

Do penises cause climate change? Discuss

3 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Why not think about Gender Studies?’ asked an advertorial aimed at prospective students in the newspaper I was reading. Actually,…

Wind turbines are neither clean nor green and they provide zero global energy

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Unreliable renewables are neither green nor clean

Is the choice between Macron and Le Pen really so much of a choice?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel…

Britain invokes Article 50 to begin Brexit: the countdown begins

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote a letter to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, with formal…

The great diesel disaster shows how badly wrong-headed environmentalism can harm the planet

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Who do you think was responsible for Europe’s biggest environmental disaster of the past three decades; one that caused more…

Whalers defend themselves against polar bears (German school, 1870s)

Beauties and the beast: Hollywood sex goddesses and the great white bear

28 January 2017 9:00 am

According to the author of this beautifully illustrated, hugely engaging book, if we were ever to choose a fellow mammal…