Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:49 • Chloe Farand
Climate emergency sign

Participants of the next UN climate talks in Poland could be banned from taking part in spontaneous demonstrations and have their personal data collected, stored and used by Polish police without their consent if a draft piece of legislation becomes law. 

The proposed measures are going through Poland’s legislative process as the southern city of Katowice — located in the country’s coal heartland — prepares to host the annual UN climate talks this December. 

The draft bill, which sets out specific regulations for this year’s climate talks, known as COP24, was passed by the lower house of the Polish Parliament on 10 January. On Friday, the Senate passed the bill almost unanimously with only three MPs abstaining. 

The text provides a raft of initiatives to “ensure safety and public order”. This includes a ban on all spontaneous gatherings in Katowice between 26 November and 16 December, spanning the entire period of the annual UN climate talks. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 16:01 • Chloe Farand
Drax Power Station

The UK government must urgently formulate new policies to bridge the “significant gaps” between its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its legally-binding targets to tackle climate change, a panel of experts has warned. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 16:01 • Chloe Farand
UK and Russia flags on a table

Fossil fuel giant BP has a direct line to UK government officials that it uses to further its interests in Russia, email correspondence reveals.

The revelations come just days after prime minister Theresa May said in a speech the UK would use its “international influence to drive positive change”, including continuing “to lead the world” on climate change.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:49 • Kevin Grandia

Will 2018 be the year that mainstream media is not duped by professional spin doctors and fake experts paid to downplay and deny the realities of climate change?

Call me cynical, but after more than a decade of research and writing into the role big fossil fuel companies have played in sponsoring coordinated attacks on climate science with public relations spin, I remain unconvinced we won’t see a resurgence in climate denial.

Later this year, a major update on the state of climate change research — the impacts, solutions, scientific underpinnings, etc. — will be released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 03:57 • Kyla Mandel
Reindeer

Christmas may be over, but that hasn’t stopped the reindeer talk. In particular, there’s been a lot of chatter about how climate change may affect them. Some people seem to think we don’t need to worry – but what does the science say?

The BBC recently issued a clarification about one of its programmes on BBC Two, with Simon Reeve reporting from Russia. As the broadcaster’s statement reads:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 08:55 • Guest
Scotland bans fracking

By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillOrDrop

INEOS Shale announced today it has lodged a petition to challenge the Scottish Government’s decision to “effectively ban” onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction.

Opponents of fracking have described the news as predictable and desperate. The company was accused of “trying to keep alive its hope of ever making any money out of a toxic industry”. The Scottish Government said this afternoon the ban had been reached in “a careful and considered approach”.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, announced on 3 October 2017 a new planning policy of no support for fracking in Scotland. This followed a two-year period of research and consultation. The decision was backed by the Scottish parliament on 24 October 2017.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 13:37 • Chloe Farand an...

After a day of speculation about who would move where, prime minister Theresa May has revealed her new cabinet - and like the majority of departments, not much has changed for the climate and energy sector.

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 05:02 • Mat Hope
West Burton power station

The government today announced how the UK expects to phase out coal generation by 2025 — by making it impossible for plants to generate power without as-yet unproven carbon capture and storage technology.

In its response to a consultation on ‘implementing the end of unabated coal by 2025’, the government said it will legislate to limit power plants to 450 grams of carbon dioxide for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced — effectively ruling out coal power without technology that captures emissions.

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