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 23, 2017 - 01:11 • Megan Darby
The International Maritime Organisation

The shipping industry has “captured” UN talks on a climate target for the sector, using its clout to delay and weaken emissions curbs.

That is the conclusion of a report by business lobbying watchdog Influence Map on the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The study was released to coincide with a meeting of an IMO working group on greenhouse gases on Monday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 23:00 • Mat Hope
EU flag

Europe's environment ministers omitted any mention of stopping vested interests participating in global climate negotiations in a formal statement released in advance of next month’s talks in Bonn, Germany.

The statement was released earlier this week at the conclusion of discussions between the environment ministers from the EU's 27 member states as part of the Council of the European Union.

In doing so, the council failed to follow the example of the European Parliament that last week passed a similar motion, which said that “ensuring effective participation requires that the issue of vested or conflicting interests be addressed” at the meeting. The council represents the voices of all the EU’s member state governments, in this case through the environment ministers, and has the power to include or omit positions promoted by the parliament.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 07:34 • John Gibbons
Dennis Naughten

Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland earlier this week, leaving three people dead, some 170,000 people without electricity, and water supplies for over one third of a million people in jeopardy as a result of loss of power to pumping stations.

But while the satellite imagery of hurricane Ophelia bearing down on the edge of western Europe may have been alarming, it could hardly be described as unexpected.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 05:07 • Guest
Frankfurt bank

Across the world, secretive courts are lowering environmental standards and awarding polluting companies billions of dollars of compensation taken out of the taxpayer’s pocket. Matt Grady from fairtrade campaigners Traidcraft explains how Brexit could be an opportunity to break the cycle.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 08:12 • Frances Rankin
Electric vehicles in the UK

Two years since ‘Dieselgate’, where Volkswagen was found to have been tampering with emissions readings to make their cars seem greener than they are, electric vehicles (EVs) are now fast becoming a real possibility for car owners.

However, the UK’s target to end the sale of new diesel cars and vans by 2040 has been seen by many as not ambitious enough, and puts the UK behind other countries such as Norway and India who have planned to ban new diesel vehicles from 2025 and 2030 respectively.

It is widely accepted that the transport sector will play a big part in reducing emissions if both air pollution and climate change targets are going to be met. The Committee on Climate Change said in their report for ‘Meeting Carbon Budgets: Closing the policy gap’ that to meet the fifth carbon budget, transport emissions need to reduce by an average of 4 percent per year to 2030.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 06:30 • Chloe Farand
London pollution

As the Green Party conferences draws to a close, the party revealed two climate change campaigns aimed at increasing the UK’s ambitions to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

Referring to the international climate negotiations in Bonn next month, party co-leader Caroline Lucas slammed as “imperialistic” the way in which poorer countries were urged to meet emission reduction targets while not being given the necessary funds to “leap frog the dirty years that we went through”.

These poor countries have contributed least to the climate problem and they are going to be hit the hardest by it,” she said. “Now we need to put our money where our mouth is.”

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 17:07 • Graham Readfearn
Tony Abbott

Australian climate scientists have hit back at their former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, describing his speech to a London think tank as being laced with distortions, falsehoods, misrepresentations, and misdirection.

Abbott told the contrarian Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) that rising carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning could be “beneficial” and compared acceptance of human-caused climate change to religion.

The GWPF, founded by former Thatcher government treasurer Lord Nigel Lawson, consistently pushes positions on climate change that fall well outside the established science.