Archive for November, 2006

The Economist, often seen as the house journal of free market economics, seems to be taking a dim view of the market and a positive view of environmentalism. Its lead comment, on alternative energy, in the current issue (18 November) says “society should rejoice that greenery is in vogue”. In the same article it predicts […]

A weird exchange between Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher, and George Monbiot, an environmental campaigner and Guardian columnist. Monckton, otherwise known as the third Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, had two articles in the Sunday Telegraph (5 November and 12 November) arguing that much climate science is bunk. For him it is […]

An international team of researchers has found that the trend towards deforestation is not as bad a previously assumed. The news is important as deforestation is one of the main sources of global greenhouse emissions (classified in the Stern report as part of “land use”). An article on the BBC website says that the team […]

There follows a review by me of George Monbiot’s Heat (Allen Lane 2006) from the 13 November issue of Fund Strategy magazine. James Heartfield also did a particularly astute review of the book for spiked. It is almost possible to feel sorry for George Monbiot. The government’s Stern report on the economics of climate change […]

I am starting to lobby for the creation of a new concept to describe a striking contemporary phenomenon: ecotism. Although the concept is used in various different ways the closest I can find on the internet to the definition of an ecotist I would use is: “a person who believes s/he might be contributing to […]

The new Human Development Report from the United Nations contains some wrenching statistics. Some 1.2 billion people lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion are without access to sanitation. Almost two million children a year die as a result. However, there are reasons to be wary about the framework in which these statistics are […]

You might think the construction of a £1bn purpose-built clean coal power station would be a cause for celebration among environmentalists. According to a piece in yesterday’s Times a plant which is expected to be built in Teeside will have its emissions syphoned off and stored under the North Sea. However, a spokesman from Greenpeace […]

There follows an editorial by me from the 6 November issue of Fund Strategy on green taxes. Mick Hume wrote an article on a similar theme on spiked on 31 October. The Stern review on the economics of climate change has brought renewed calls for the extension of green taxes. There are several reasons why […]

There follows a news analysis I wrote for the 6 November issue of Fund Strategy on the Stern report on the economics of climate change. Rather than taking a polemical line it simply outlines some of the key concepts in the report: Despite the massive coverage of the Stern review on the economics of climate […]

It seems that some climate scientists are becoming upset by the equating of climate change and climate catastrophe by campaigners and the British government. Mike Hulme, the director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, has written an article to this effect on the BBC website. He says: “I have found myself increasingly chastised […]