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Kyla Mandel is Editor of DeSmog UK.

Kyla began working with DeSmog UK as deputy editor in November 2014 shortly after the project launched. During this time, she has broken numerous stories on energy policy, including one on the Koch Brothers’ European lobbying efforts. In March 2015 she was appointed DeSmog UK’s Editor.

She has also covered international climate science denial efforts in Rome and Washington D.C., and joined DeSmog’s reporting team in December 2015 at the Paris COP21 climate conference.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, Kyla has been living in London for the past several years working for titles such as Green Futures Magazine, EnergyDesk and most recently The ENDS Report. Her work has also appeared on Forbes Online and The Guardian’s Sustainable Business channel.

Past research has also involved extensive content analysis examining British media coverage on shale gas exploration and investigating events involving police brutality on the McGill University campus in Montreal during the 2012 province-wide student tuition protests.

Kyla moved to the UK to pursue a master’s in journalism at the London College of Communication.  Bilingual in French and English, she has also lived in the US and Germany. Combined with a BA joint-honours degree in history, political science and environmental studies from McGill, she has a strong grasp on the dynamics between environmental issues and international politics.

Interview: Shell Must be ‘Held Accountable to the Future Now’ Says Indigenous Delegate from the Gulf of Mexico

It is time that Shell be held accountable for the damages it has done on our communities and environment,” says Monique Verdin, an indigenous resident of the Louisiana coast and member-elect of the United Houma Nation Council.

Verdin has travelled to the Netherlands to speak out on behalf of the coastal community against Shell’s offshore drilling at the oil giant’s annual general meeting (AGM) today.

The AGM comes less than two weeks after Shell spilled more than 88,000 gallons of oil from a group of four underwater oil wells located some 97 miles south of Port Fourchon in Louisiana and creating a 13 mile-wide slick on the water’s surface.

UK, US Lead G7 Nations in Coal Phase-Out While Japan Does The Opposite

There is an “irreversible decline” of coal power across the G7 countries, with the US and UK leading the way, finds new research by the non-profit environmental organisation E3G.

E3G’s scorecard looks at the progress made on phasing out coal since the Paris climate conference and shows that an additional 40GW of existing coal plants have been marked for retirement over the coming years.

Topping the G7 list was the US, which has now retired more than 100GW of coal plant capacity. Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have also laid out proposals for a transition away from coal with pledged policy support to those impacted in the traditional coal producing regions.

Going Backwards on Climate Change? David Cameron’s Tory Majority One Year On

Hundreds marched through cities across the UK on Sunday to protest the government’s decline in climate ambition since David Cameron’s Conservative Party gained a majority in last year’s election.

Natalie Bennet, leader of the Green Party, joined some 600 people walking backwards through Whitehall in London, while others gathered in Leeds, Manchester, York, Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol.

Campaigners criticised the many green policy reversals which took place last summer and into autumn, and the fact that the once-strong cross-party consensus on climate change has now fractured.

UK Climate Denial Think Tank Global Warming Policy Foundation Sets Up US Fundraising Arm

The UK’s highest profile climate science denying group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), has quietly launched an American fundraising subsidiary.

As the GWPF’s latest accounts show, the think tank registered the American Friends of the GWPF in April 2015 so as to “enable supporters in the USA to enjoy tax relief on donations.”

This comes as donations to the GWPF dropped significantly last year from £377,979 ($547,219) in 2014 to £207,019 ($299,711) in 2015.

BP Gained Privileged Access to Policymakers Through Controversial Arts Sponsorships, Documents Reveal

Oil giant BP gained privileged access to UK and foreign politicians and policymakers by sponsoring events at British museums, new documents reveal.

‘Significant’ Jump In Number of People Who See Climate Change as a Top Concern for Britain

The number of people who believe climate change is among the top three biggest challenges facing Britain has increased significantly compared to last year, new government data shows.

According to the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) latest public attitudes survey, the proportion of people who rank climate change among the top three challenges increased from 15 percent in March 2015 to 22 percent this year.

And when asked specifically about climate change, 70 percent of survey respondents said they were very or fairly concerned – a slight increase from 66 percent last year.

The Top 10 Climate Change Articles in The Times, Debunked

This week a group of leading scientists and UK climate advisors wrote a letter to the editor of The Times newspaper criticising its “poor quality” and “distorted” coverage of climate change.

In particular, they raised concern over the fact that the Murdoch-owned paper very frequently publishes climate science denial linked to Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

The signatories – which include Lord Deben and Lord Stern – urge the editor, John Witherow, to instead make the “remarkably robust” level of evidence on climate change the “centrepiece of debate… rather than the viewpoints of one highly marginal and increasingly out-dated pressure group.”

The Times Is ‘Losing Trust’ By Publishing Climate Denial Content From The GWPF, Say Leading Scientists

A group of eminent scientists and UK climate advisors have criticised The Times newspaper for its “poor quality” and “distorted” coverage of climate change in a letter to the editor, John Witherow.

The letter, reported by the Guardian, argues that the frequent publishing of climate science denial articles linked to Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is “particularly concerning”.

It reads: “many of the sub-standard news stories and opinion pieces appear to concern, in some way, the Global Warming Policy Foundation.”

Government Confirms It Will Exempt Some Researchers From Controversial 'Anti-Lobby' Clause

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that it intends to exempt university research grants from its controversial anti-lobby clause.

The news comes after months of opposition to the clause, which critics argue threatens to stifle scientific criticism and informed debate about the consequences of government policies, and could impact on key policy areas including climate change.

Answering questions in the House of Lords on 19 April, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges of Headley said: “It is not the Department [for Business, Innovation and Skills] nor the government’s intention for research councils, the higher education funding council, or the national academies, to be covered by this clause.”

Shareholders Accuse BP of Failing to Live Up to Climate Promise

Shareholders accused oil giant BP of falling short on its promise to be more transparent about its impact on climate change and resilience to a low-carbon world during its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

During the 14 April shareholder meeting BP faced a number of questions on climate change from both institutional investors and activist shareholders.

In response, BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley said “we want to be part of the solution on climate change”.

However, the company’s response has been criticised as just “more of the same” – support for the Paris deal, a call for carbon pricing, and encouraging a switch from coal to gas.