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.

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 15:22 • Guest
Electric bus in London

The electric bus and other vehicles could have been running in the UK over a century ago, if fraudsters had not stifled clean transport at birth, writes Kieran Cooke at Climate News Network.

The electric bus would have let Londoners enjoy clean air early in the twentieth century, saving millions of people from breathing problems and premature death, but for the dishonesty and double-dealing which promoted the internal combustion engine instead.

The world is only now slowly waking up to the scale of the problem. Air pollution caused by fumes from the hundreds of thousands of vehicles on our roads is one of the big killers of the modern age, especially in cities, and is, along with climate change, a serious threat to the future of the planet.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
UK Coal mining jobs continue to drop

The number of people working in coal mining in Britain continues to drop according to the latest statistics compiled by the Coal Authority.

According to the Coal Authority’s employment numbers for July to September, seen by DeSmog UK, just under 700 people are now working in surface or underground coal mining.

This is down from 732 people who worked in coal mining jobs in June, and down almost 40 percent compared to this time last year when 1,146 people were employed in these jobs.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
Shell, BP shareholder climate resolutions

Two years after BP and Shell shareholders resoundingly passed resolutions requiring the oil majors to factor climate change risks into their corporate strategy and accounting, the two companies are disclosing no more than bare minimum, a new report has found.

The report, published by responsible investment nonprofit ShareAction – which was involved in the push to pass these climate resolutions in 2015 – found that while they have taken the necessary steps to meet their new disclosure commitments, the two oil companies are failing to plan for a more rapid transition to a low-carbon economy.

As ShareAction’s report argues, the companies may be publicly supporting the Paris Agreement, but their actions are not living up to their words.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 07:20 • Olga Dobrovidova

One of the world’s largest coal companies with a history of climate policy obstruction is set to lead discussions on the Paris Agreement and carbon emissions at a Russian state-organised conference later this year.

SUEK, one of the world’s ten largest coal mining companies, is leading two climate change related sessions at an environmental forum in Moscow on December 12 to 14, a draft programme obtained by DeSmog UK shows. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 00:11 • Mat Hope
Nigel Lawson at a committee hearing in parliament

The BBC has acknowledged that climate science denier Nigel Lawson “should have been challenged” over incorrect scientific statements made on its flagship news and current affairs programme earlier this year.

Lawson appeared on the Today programme in August and incorrectly claimed that Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “has confirmed that there has been no increase in extreme weather events” and “according to the official figures, during this past 10 years, if anything, mean global temperature, average world temperature, has slightly declined”.

The BBC's complaints unit today said the interview breached editorial guidelines, and that the organisation accepts that the statements “were, at the least, contestable and should have been challenged”, the Guardian reports.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 22:01 • Mat Hope
Lorry exiting Cuadrilla's Preston New Road fracking site

When Communities Secretary Sajid Javid overruled local objections to push ahead with the government’s shale gas plans, residents were assured planning conditions placed on fracking company Cuadrilla would be sufficient to minimise disruption to the local community.

But vehicles making deliveries to Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site in Lancashire have had to deviate from the agreed route over 100 times during the summer months, data obtained by DeSmog UK through freedom of information requests show.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
Smokey sky caused by Hurricane Ophelia

A legal challenge against the Irish Government has been launched by a group of environmentalists who argue the government is failing to take necessary action to avoid dangerous climate change.

Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) announced on 23 October that it had field a lawsuit against the Government of Ireland and Ireland’s Attorney General. FIE claims this is the first such climate lawsuit to ever be filed in Ireland.

FIE’s lawsuit argues that the Irish National Mitigation Plan “does not do enough to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions and is a violation of Ireland’s Climate Act, the Irish Constitution and human rights obligations.”