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The Apollo Lords – Shooting for the Stars? Or the Foot?

The climate debate has seen much history dragged into the present, to be served up again as hollow pastiches in environmentalists' and climate activists' shallow morality plays. Unable to make their own history, greens have to recycle moments from the past, to give...

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Shock News: Guardian Pages Sponsored by Rank Hypocrisy

Two things have become clear to me over the years regarding the putative 'ethics' of the Guardian's green campaigns, copy and hacks. First, it is a general rule that 'ethics' are for thee, but not for me. Second, these 'ethics' are intended to elevate those who bear...

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Identifying 'Lukewarmism'

Over at the Making Science Public blog, Brigitte Nerlich wonders about the origins of the word 'lukewarmer'... As I am interested in the emergence and spread of various labels used in the climate change debate, such as for example ‘greenhouse sceptic’, I wanted to...

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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee!

Another day, another apocalyptic story in the Guardian... Coffee catastrophe beckons as climate change threatens arabica plant Study warns that rising temperatures pose serious threat to global coffee market, potentially affecting livelihoods of small farmers and...

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Greens Whinge About Consensus

The looming UK general election has so far been a contest of the lowest possible expectations. It is a difficult election to get excited about. But one group seems to feel especially hurt at being left out of the debate, with their favourite subject having taken a...

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Fortunes of Climate War

Over at Bishop Hill, Andrew Montford wonders, Is there a competition on to see who can be the most revolting climate change activist at the moment? It's a good question, and it arises out of an article posted on Business Green (an on-line news and campaigning site for...

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Repealing the Climate Change Act

I have a very short piece over at the Institute of Ideas (IOI) website, outlining the reasons for repealing the Climate Change Act. It is very short, so I won't give much away here: It might be easy to imagine that scepticism towards claims that we face catastrophic...

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The Peer-Reviewed Dirt on Monbiot's Dirty New Scare Story

Just when you thought climate alarmism had passed its peak... We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it Says George Monbiot in today's Guardian... War, pestilence, even climate change, are trifles by comparison. Destroy the soil...

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A Decade of Lynas

Mark Lynas writes in the Guardian in the wake of the paper's new climate campaign, We must reclaim the climate change debate from the political extremes Alarmists and deniers need to climb out of their parallel trenches, engage with the developing world and work...

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Barry Gardiner's #TimeToAct2015 Photo Album

Yesterday saw the 'Time To Act 2015' protests in a number of cities throughout the world. The Huffington Post proudly announced 'People's Climate March In London Draws 5,000, Including Russell Brand And Naomi Klein'. Have you ever been to Central London on a Saturday...

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Time to put this morality tale on ice

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/11117/</em> ‘Ice is the white flag being waved by our planet, under fire from the atmospheric attack being mounted by humanity. From the frosted plains of the Arctic ice pack to...

Admit it: environmentalism was an ugly experiment

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/reviewofbooks_preview/10914</em> Since becoming an advocate of genetic modification (GM) and nuclear power, Mark Lynas has drawn increasingly hostile criticism from his erstwhile...

Putting humanity in a kangaroo court

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/10549/</em> You may not have noticed, but last week you were a co-defendant in a court case. In Stockholm, the Third Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability met at the...

Fukushima: why greens turned on each other

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/10368/</em> The coverage of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant is dominated by the discussion of ‘levels of radiation’. Run-of-the-mill catastrophes – earthquakes,...

Making mountains out of meltdowns

<em>Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/10292/</em> The destruction caused by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded, and the tsunami which followed it,were not momentous enough for much of the world’s press....

Scepticism is not an ‘attack on science’

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/10148/ Sir Paul Nurse, the new president of the Royal Society, hasfollowed his predecessors, Martin Rees and Bob May, by making a loud public statement about the climate debate. Nurse claimed in a...

A tedious dollop of eco‑propaganda

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/10095/ A large wall of projected graphics greets you as you enter the London-based Science Museum’s new exhibition,Atmosphere: Exploring Climate Science. Disembodied voices read the words that...

Cancun: scavenging around for scientific fact

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/9986/ Conventional climate wisdom has it that once ‘the science’ is put before politics, politicians will respond to the imperative to save us from Gaia’s revenge. So each year, representatives...

What the greens really got wrong

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/9868/ Environmentalists have long claimed that their desire to save the world has been thwarted by conspiracies of Big Oil and right-wing think-tanks. Channel 4’s What the Green Movement Got...

A sideways step from climate panic to Malthus

Published on Spiked-Online at http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/debates/copenhagen_article/9825 It has been an annus horribilis for the environmental activists and politicians who insist that the world needs to act on climate change. There was ‘Climategate’, the...