Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
Theresa May

From a Middle Eastern oil magnate to Heathrow and Gatwick, the three main parties have seen a mix of donations come in since Brexit last summer.

The Conservative Party has received significantly more money from individuals and companies in the fossil fuel industry compared to the Labour Party and the Lib Dems, according to the latest data on the electoral register analysed by DeSmog UK.

This news comes after the Conservatives’ election manifesto pledges a unique commitment to increase support for the oil and gas industry should they win in June.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 06:48 • Guest
Bonn climate talks

When it comes to the fossil fuel industry participating in UN climate negotiations, it’s clear there is a conflict of interest – and demands for this to end are nothing new. But after fierce resistance to this idea during talks in Bonn last week from the EU, US and Australia, more needs to be done, argues Pascoe Sabido of Corporate Europe Observatory. With just six months to go before November’s COP23 climate negotiations, calls for big polluters to be excluded from the talks are growing.

Last May at the same ‘intersessional’ climate talks in Bonn, a group of countries representing more than 70 percent of the world's population insisted on adding a conflict of interest provision in the negotiating text. It almost made it, were it not for an underhand move by the European Union and the USA which saw it removed.

Pulling the strings behind such moves: the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 00:00 • Mat Hope
National Gallery at night

Fossil fuel company Shell receives special treatment from the publicly-funded National Gallery despite the oil major’s history of climate obstructionism, documents seen by DeSmog UK show.

The news comes as shareholders gather for Shell’s annual general meeting in The Hague today, with the board under pressure to agree to company-wide emissions reduction targets.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 08:40 • Frances Rankin
The Uncertainty Has Settled movie poster

As I stood among 50 or so old white men wearing suits in a private suite on the 10th floor of an elaborate glass building in central London, it is not long before I am approached by a member of the audience who wants to know how I heard about the event.

I was one of only a handful of women, probably the only person there under the age of 35. I was clearly not their usual attendee.

I was there to see The Uncertainty Has Settled, a documentary by self-labelled left-wing filmmaker and journalist Marijn Poels. The event was hosted by The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), an organisation that rejects the science of climate change.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:03 • Antoaneta Roussi
The European Court of Justice

Two controversial trade deals between the EU and the US and Canada have hit a stumbling block after a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision.

The EU has long been trying to push through the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and Europe, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

The deals could lead to an increase in imports of dirty tar sands oil to Europe from Canada, open up new markets to fossil fuel companies, and allow corporations to sue EU member state governments when environmental policies threaten their profits.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 02:55 • Mat Hope
Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, Tim Farron

Theresa May today launched the Conservative party manifesto, eager to differentiate her party from the Liberal Democrats that are making a land-grab for the anti-Brexit centre, and a Labour party swinging leftwards and away (or possibly slightly towards) Europe.

But among the Conservatives’ vague anti-immigration promises and plans to tie social care to the value of an individual's estate was a stark fact — the Tories are now the only major party in the UK that does not oppose fracking.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel

The UK is the largest European investor in thermal coal production and is among the top ten biggest investors globally according to a new report by Influence Map.

As the new report published today shows, UK shareholders own a total 0.9 percent stake in the world’s thermal coal reserves. British Investment bank Elara Capital (the world’s eighth biggest investor in thermal coal) has $15 million worth of assets under management representing 170 million tons of coal reserves.

Influence map analysed the links between coal mines, the companies that operate the mines, and the shareholders (such as pension funds and banks) invested in these companies. There is a total of about $185 billion in shareholder value tied to the 117 listed thermal coal producers and owners.

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 07:53 • Chloe Farand
church of England divest protest

Faith communities have lent a moral voice in the global divestment movement, building powerful grassroots campaigns permeating all aspects of society and heightening the case to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Across many religions, there are strong links between the idea of the creation of the world and of men and the catastrophic impact climate change could have on humanity.

Activists within faith groups have been critical in highlighting these links and urging for ambitious action to be taken to keep average global temperature rise below 1.5C as recommended by scientists.

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