Sunday, February 18, 2018 - 07:36 • Mat Hope

Representatives from thinktanks on both sides of the Atlantic heavily involved in lobbying for Brexit and spreading disinformation on climate change are set to meet to formulate their vision for a UK-US trade deal.

The “shadow trade talks” will be hosted by London’s IFT (formerly the Institute for Free Trade), led by Conservative MEP and hard Brexit advocate Daniel Hannan. The group plans to reveal its version of an “ideal” trade agreement later this year.

According to documents originally uncovered by Greenpeace’s investigative unit, UnEarthed, the coalition will seek to significantly weaken existing regulations. This would allow for controversial changes, such as chlorinated chicken and hormone-reared beef imports to be sold in the UK for the first time.

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 16:01 • Chloe Farand

Fossil fuel giant BP has a direct line to UK government officials that it uses to further its interests in Russia, email correspondence reveals.

The revelations come just days after prime minister Theresa May said in a speech the UK would use its “international influence to drive positive change”, including continuing “to lead the world” on climate change.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 06:49 • Kevin Grandia

Will 2018 be the year that mainstream media is not duped by professional spin doctors and fake experts paid to downplay and deny the realities of climate change?

Call me cynical, but after more than a decade of research and writing into the role big fossil fuel companies have played in sponsoring coordinated attacks on climate science with public relations spin, I remain unconvinced we won’t see a resurgence in climate denial.

Later this year, a major update on the state of climate change research — the impacts, solutions, scientific underpinnings, etc. — will be released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 03:57 • Kyla Mandel

Christmas may be over, but that hasn’t stopped the reindeer talk. In particular, there’s been a lot of chatter about how climate change may affect them. Some people seem to think we don’t need to worry – but what does the science say?

The BBC recently issued a clarification about one of its programmes on BBC Two, with Simon Reeve reporting from Russia. As the broadcaster’s statement reads:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 08:55 • Guest

By Ruth Hayhurst, DrillOrDrop

INEOS Shale announced today it has lodged a petition to challenge the Scottish Government’s decision to “effectively ban” onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction.

Opponents of fracking have described the news as predictable and desperate. The company was accused of “trying to keep alive its hope of ever making any money out of a toxic industry”. The Scottish Government said this afternoon the ban had been reached in “a careful and considered approach”.

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, announced on 3 October 2017 a new planning policy of no support for fracking in Scotland. This followed a two-year period of research and consultation. The decision was backed by the Scottish parliament on 24 October 2017.

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 13:37 • Chloe Farand an...

After a day of speculation about who would move where, prime minister Theresa May has revealed her new cabinet - and like the majority of departments, not much has changed for the climate and energy sector.

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 05:02 • Mat Hope

The government today announced how the UK expects to phase out coal generation by 2025 — by making it impossible for plants to generate power without as-yet unproven carbon capture and storage technology.

In its response to a consultation on ‘implementing the end of unabated coal by 2025’, the government said it will legislate to limit power plants to 450 grams of carbon dioxide for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced — effectively ruling out coal power without technology that captures emissions.

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 05:01 • Chloe Farand

Several top Republican lawmakers behind the new US tax bill received donations from oil giant BP’s employee political action committee (PAC), data shows. The bill gives big corporations in America a hefty tax break and opens up oil drilling in the Arctic.

Official documents from the Federal Election Committee and data from The Center for Responsive Politics, a non-profit and nonpartisan research group which tracks the effects of lobbying on elections and is also known as Open Secrets, show the BP employee PAC financed some of the key lawmakers sponsoring the bill adopted at the beginning of December.

PAC donations are part of a wider lobbying strategy and in this instance BP’s staff are supporting lawmakers with a questionable record on climate change. 

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