Monday, November 20, 2017 - 08:58 • Kyla Mandel and...
Protesters behind Police van

A police watchdog has today called for two reviews into law enforcement tactics handling anti-fracking protests, in what has been described as “an authoritarian war” against the right to protest at a shale gas site in Lancashire.

In a new report, Netpol called for an “urgent” review into the national policy on policing anti-fracking protests as well as an external review to be done into the way police have conducted operations in Lancashire.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 08:50 • Chloe Farand
COP23 coal phase out pledge

BONN, GERMANY – Capitalising on the momentum of the climate talks in Bonn, the UK joined Canada to launch a “symbolically powerful” alliance of 27 countries and states committed to phasing-out coal.

While the alliance was widely welcomed in Bonn where countries are working to find global solutions to tackle climate change, environmentalists have warned the UK’s announcement was only “the start of the journey” and that the government now needed to demonstrate its leadership at home.

The Powering Past Coal alliance brings together 27 countries, states and regions committed to closing unabated coal power plants (those without carbon capture and storage technology) and was officially launched in Bonn on 16th November by the UK’s Minister for Climate Change and Industry Claire Perry and Canada’s Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 07:59 • Mat Hope
Exxon Knew placard

BONN, GERMANY – Fossil fuel companies have known for a long time that their products significantly contribute to climate change. But it wasn’t until recently that scientists began to understand just how much of the climate crisis could be attributed to them – and, as a result, how much those corporations could be sued for.

Earlier this year, research from the Union of Concerned Scientists showed the largest 90 fossil fuel companies were responsible for about 50 percent of current warming.

Such research into how much damage can be attributed to fossil fuel companies is “vital” to bring lawsuits against those corporations, and holding them to account in the courts, Sophie Marjanac, a lawyer with Client Earth told an audience at the international climate negotiations currently underway in Bonn.

Thanks to the research, “we have evidence of the deliberate concealment of risk from some of these companies,” Marjanac said.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:34 • Chloe Farand
CCS at COP23

BONN, GERMANY – Each day at the international climate talks, dozens of side events take place on a wide range of topics: from phasing out coal to the role of music in the climate action movement.

Those looking for the particular thrill of learning about carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology have been spoilt for choice. All thanks to an industry-sponsored programme run by a business lobby group tucked away at the very back of the exhibition centre.

There, four events on CCS were held in the space of just three days. The reason industry groups are so keen? Because the technology provides “a clear way forward without the need for a rapid abandonment of the world’s fossil resources”, according to the group’s brochure.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 08:01 • Chloe Farand
UN COP23 climate talks

BONN, GERMANY – The UK should make a “sensible and pragmatic” decision to continue working with the EU on global climate policy after Brexit or risk being side-lined at the international talks, a former UK negotiator has told DeSmog UK.

At the international climate negotiations in Bonn taking place this week, the UK is coordinating with the EU’s 27 other member states to speak as one voice during the negotiation process.

But with Brexit due to come into effect in March 2019, the UK could withdraw from the EU grouping of countries – known in negotiation jargon as a bloc – in future talks.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 08:48 • Mat Hope
Cuadrilla protest sign in hedge

Shale gas company Cuadrilla asked Lancashire county council to help it remove the chair of a group set up to discuss the local community's concerns about its fracking site, DeSmog UK can reveal.

In an email exchange with the council, obtained by DeSmog UK through a freedom of information request, the company said it had “significant concerns” about how the group was being run, and asked the council to “support the appointment of a replacement chair”.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 02:48 • Chloe Farand
UK pavilion at Bonn climate talks

BONN, GERMANY – The UK government has been accused of “double standards” as it poses as a global leader while maintaining a cosy relationship with the fossil fuel industry at the international climate talks in Bonn this week.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 06:53 • Mat Hope
newspaper stand

Ireland’s Press Ombudsman has ruled that three complaints from a scientist about stories that described him as a “contrarian” and associated him with a network of climate science deniers will not be upheld.

The decision represents a victory for journalists who challenge statements rejecting the overwhelming consensus of scientific evidence regarding the seriousness of climate change.