Friday, August 26, 2016 - 00:00 • Graham Readfearn
The Marine Biologist and the Spectator magazine covers
The Marine Biologist and the Spectator magazine covers

The Spectator is one of the oldest English language magazines on the planet, established in London in 1828.  Chances are if you’ve never read it, you’ve probably heard of it.

The Marine Biologist magazine, on the other hand, was only launched in 2013. With no disrespect to the good people there, chances are you’ve neither heard of it, read it or are aware of its very existence.

But earlier this week the Marine Biologist’s website published an eviscerating 2,500-word analysis of an April column that had appeared in The Spectator.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 00:01 • Victoria Seabrook
'Not for shale' sign on fence
'Not for shale' sign on fence

The British government has ramped up its efforts to buy public support for fracking since Theresa May came to power. But is it having any luck?

A new government proposal released this month hinted that households in an area with shale drilling sites could each receive a cash pay-out. And 10 days later the new energy minister wrote in a Lancashire newspaper about the benefits fracking would bring to the area. 

But press releases from the residents concerned, a new YouGov opinion poll and insights from Greenpeace all suggest the government’s promises have fallen flat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:00 • Kyla Mandel
London Olympics Industrial Revolution
London Olympics Industrial Revolution

New research by a team of international scientists reveals that the effects of human induced climate change began much earlier than originally thought.  

The study, conducted by researchers with the 2K Network and PAGES (Past Global Changes) and published today in the scientific journal Nature, finds that warming began in the mid-1800s shortly after the Industrial Revolution kicked off.

This confirms that our impact on the climate began just decades after we started burning fossil fuels – about 180 years earlier than traditional climate change graphs have shown – and that even the smallest amount of carbon dioxide can have an effect on how fast global temperatures increase.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 00:01 • Guest
Offshore wind power construction
Offshore wind power construction

By Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy at Loughborough University

In 1993, nine 300kW turbines were installed on the eastern pier at Blyth Harbour, near Newcastle on England’s east coast. One can question whether this really counted as an offshore wind farm, but it was the UK’s first tentative step towards building wind turbines at sea. Ten years later, the country’s first truly offshore wind farm was built at North Hoyle in Liverpool Bay, 6km from the coast of North Wales. Thirty 2MW turbines were installed which could provide the electricity needs of around 40,000 homes.

Fast forward to 2016 and the UK is the world’s leading developer of offshore wind power with a total installed capacity of more than 5,000MW. The London Array, built in the outer reaches of the Thames Estuary, presently stands as the world’s largest offshore wind farm which, with a capacity of 630MW, can rival a medium-sized gas-fired power station.

The proposed Hornsea Project Two offshore site, which the UK government has just approved, will be larger still.

Monday, August 22, 2016 - 00:00 • Will Yeates
Coal power cooling towers
Coal power cooling towers

Emails reveal the UK coal industry’s “urgent” lobbying on the government’s efforts to tackle climate change.

The series of emails, obtained via a freedom of information (FOI) request by Friends of the Earth and seen by DeSmog UK, show the Association of Coal Importers and Producers (CoalImP) asking then Treasury minister Damian Hinds in February for “an urgent meeting to discuss the future trajectory of the Carbon Price Floor.”

Describing the Carbon Price Floor (CPF) as a “punitive tax” rather than a measure to reduce carbon emissions, CoalImP writes that the CPF is “killing the goose that laid the golden egg” and that “the rate of coal closures is compromising its revenue raising potential”.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 18:01 • Guest

This is a guest post from ClimateDenierRoundup crossposted from Daily Kos.

What do esteemed physicist Brian Cox, Harry Potter series author J.K. Rowling, and Monty Python comedy legend Eric Idle all have in common?

Besides being some of our favorite Brits, they all share disdain for climate denial, particularly that espoused by far-right Aussie Senator Malcolm Roberts.

It all started on the Australian TV show Q&A, which features a panel of six guests who answer questions. Professor Brian Cox was asked to explain climate change to the senator in denial, and did so with graphs showing rising temperatures and CO2 emissions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 02:33 • Will Yeates
Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn
Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn

This week around 500,000 UK Labour Party members can start voting for either Owen Smith or Jeremy Corbyn to become the next Labour leader.

With campaign coverage largely focused on Labour infighting, policy issues such as housing, low pay, and climate change have had little attention.

In an effort to have the candidates address climate and energy policy, Labour’s environment campaign, SERA, has now sent a series of questions to both Smith and Corbyn touching on everything from the Paris Agreement to green jobs and clean air.