Friday, February 16, 2018 - 03:55 • Mat Hope

Given the fringe nature of climate science deniers’ arguments, the amount of press time they receive in the UK is generally pretty squeezed (Donald Trump aside).

But the UK’s most prominent climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, still has two reliable outlets in the UK press. And it's been putting them to good use in recent weeks.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:37 • Guest

By Arthur Neslen, Climate Home News

Business lobbies in Europe and the US are pushing for a distinct, direct and formalised “business channel” into UN climate negotiations.

In a submission to UN Climate Change’s Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) on 30 January, Business Europe, which represents industry confederations in 28 EU states, called for a conduit to the top table.

This would be “pivotal” to the cycle of reviewing national climate pledges that was established under the Paris Agreement, the document argues.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 02:46 • Chloe Farand

A London-based bank has been accused of breaching its own climate pledges over the financing of a heavily polluting coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

Standard Chartered, a UK bank which supports British companies trading abroad, plans to co-finance the $2.5bn (£1.81bn) Nghi Son 2 coal plant located in the Thanh Hoa province on Vietnam’s northern coast.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:04 • John Gibbons

They’re at it again. The fifth meeting of the Irish Climate Science Forum (ICSF) climate science denial group in the 10 months since its launch takes place in Dublin this Wednesday, February 14.

The five public events the ICSF has organised since its inaugural meeting last May have all taken place in an upmarket Dublin hotel and involved a series of guest speakers drawn mainly from the international climate denial circuit, including Richard Lindzen, William Happer and Henrik Svensmark.

The guest speaker at the latest meeting is set to be Nicola Scafetta, an associate professor at Duke University, who will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Natural Climate Oscillations & the Interpretation of the Post‐2000 Temperature Standstill’.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 05:09 • Guest

By Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University

Over the past few years there has been exponential growth in clean energy investment – while fossil fuel assets are increasingly considered to be risky. Yet, on February 6, the European Investment Bank, the EU’s long-term lending institution, voted to provide a €1.5 billion loan to the controversial Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). 

The TAP is the Western part of a larger Southern Gas Corridor proposal that would ultimately connect a large gas field in the Caspian Sea to Italy, crossing through Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece and Albania. And while gas might be cleaner than coal, it’s still a fossil fuel. 

So how does the EU’s support for this major project fit in with its supposed goal of addressing climate change? 

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 03:44 • Guest

By Alex Doukas, Programme Director at campaign group Oil Change International.

A study published last week, by a group led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), indicates that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could curb global greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 5% through 2030 while saving hundreds of billions of dollars in public money.

Despite this seemingly good news, the framing of the study was strangely downbeat, casting these reductions as “only a small effect on CO2 emissions.”

Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 20:59 • Chloe Farand

A UK government agency plans to support the development of a “high risk” multi-billion pound oil refinery in Oman by opening a line of credit to boost British exports.

The Duqm oil refinery is a $7bn (£5bn) joint venture between Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) which will produce 230,000 barrels of oil per day once it becomes fully operational in 2021.

Stefano Gelmini, spokesman for Greenpeace UK, said ministers would be “the merchant bankers of the global fossil fuel industry” if support for the project goes ahead.

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 02:51 • Mat Hope

Almost 70 MPs have been identified as backing a shadowy parliamentary lobby group pushing for a hard Brexit. In keeping with ideological links previously identified by DeSmog UK, it’s perhaps no shock that there are a number of politicians known to spread disinformation on climate change on the list.

Described as “an aggressive, disciplined, and highly organised parliamentary and media operation”, the European Research Group (ERG) is lobbying for a hard Brexit. It hit headlines earlier this week after being accused of misusing public money.

Long operating in the shadows, Buzzfeed has published a long list of MPs it has identified as being members of the group.

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