Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 09:03 • Guest

By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillorDrop

A judge has ruled that an injunction obtained against anti-fracking protesters by INEOS Shale should continue

Earlier this month, INEOS – the UK’s largest holder of shale gas exploration licences – asked the High Court to extend the order.

Two environmental campaigners who opposed the order argued it was “unprecedented” and “draconian” and should be dismissed.

On 23 November, Mr Justice Morgan ruled that the interim injunction should remain in place. The campaigners can appeal.  A future trial would be needed to make the order permanent.

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.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 08:25 • Guest
Fossil fuel lobby in Bonn COP@3

While the UN climate talks seek to slow climate change, the fossil fuel lobby still argues the benefits of traditional fuels, reports Kieran Cooke, a founding editor of Climate News Network.

The fossil fuel lobby is still at it. The advocates of traditional fuels  are determined to push their case at the climate change talkshere – even though all the evidence says that the continued use of coal, oil and gas threatens severe climate change and the whole future of the planet.

According to a new report those lobbyists are not only endangering future generations – they are also digging a deep financial hole for themselves, virtually throwing away multi-million dollar investments.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
UK council pensions investing in fossil fuels

There has been no significant reduction in the level of fossil fuel investment by local council pensions since the Paris climate deal was agreed two years ago, according to new data.

The research, compiled by environmental groups 350.org, Platform, Energy Democracy Project and Friends of the Earth, shows that councils currently have £16.1bn of their workers’ pensions invested in oil, gas and coal companies. This represents 5.5 percent of their total investments, worth £287.9bn.

While the value of these investments has increased since 2015 (when the market value represented £14bn), the proportion of the pension funds invested in fossil fuels has stayed about the same.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 00:22 • Kyla Mandel
Longpark windfarm

As energy companies across England continue to push to develop shale gas resources, support for fracking is at its lowest point yet in the UK according to the government’s latest public attitudes survey.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 07:35 • John Gibbons
Ireland's citizen assembly on climate change

Ireland’s political response to climate change has received a stinging rebuff from a group of citizens participating in an innovative new government-supported policy forum.

The parliament-appointed Citizens Assembly voted at the weekend in favour of 13 new recommendations to strengthen action on climate change.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 10:17 • Mat Hope
BBC media centre

Just one year after an independent review recommended the BBC take “an active approach” to engaging with scientists, the corporation stopped running science reporting courses for its journalists, DeSmog UK can reveal.

The news comes just weeks after producers of the BBC’s flagship news programme issued an apology for an interview with Lord Nigel Lawson, admitting that his infamous climate science denial “should have been challenged”.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 00:45 • Chloe Farand
Power plant

The European Union is being influenced by big polluters and corporate interests in a way that is “threatening” the realisation of the Paris Agreement, according to a new report.

Published days before countries head to Bonn for the next round of international climate talks, it claims that big polluters have infiltrated the negotiations process and are pushing for “false solutions” and lobbying against tougher regulations.

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