Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 00:00 • Kyla Mandel
Theresa May

From a Middle Eastern oil magnate to Heathrow and Gatwick, the three main parties have seen a mix of donations come in since Brexit last summer.

The Conservative Party has received significantly more money from individuals and companies in the fossil fuel industry compared to the Labour Party and the Lib Dems, according to the latest data on the electoral register analysed by DeSmog UK.

This news comes after the Conservatives’ election manifesto pledges a unique commitment to increase support for the oil and gas industry should they win in June.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 08:55 • Mat Hope
A drilling  rig with a boat nearby

Shell has failed to properly assess all options for plugging and abandoning its North Sea wells in the famous Brent oilfield, a group of NGOs has argued.

Eight green groups including WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the Scottish Wildlife Trust have criticised Shell’s plan to leave parts of its drilling rigs in the North Sea, saying the company has failed to be transparent about its recommendations.

There was a significant “lack of quantitative data” in the proposal, with the plans relying on “subjective qualitative judgements by experts, including Shell’s own engineers,” the groups’ 20-page response said.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 00:00 • Chloe Farand
Power cables running through the UK's countryside

Consumers are likely to pay the price for the UK leaving the EU’s internal energy market, experts warned on Wednesday.

Brexit has opened the door to huge uncertainties over the security of the UK’s energy supply, with details of a final deal dependent on political will on both sides of the divide, they said.

Theresa May triggered Article 50 to officially start the UK’s divorce from the EU at the end of last month, yet the future of key policy areas seems as hazy now as it was before the referendum took place.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 04:36 • Guest
Mega pipeline route running through Europe

After months of protests by indigenous communities, oil is finally flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States. Now Italy looks set to witness similar scenes as local communites fight to prevent environmental damage from a new mega pipeline running through most of Eastern Europe to the Caspian sea, Oil Change International's Andy Rowell reports.

There is increasing outrage in Italy against what campaigners are calling “Europe’s DAPL”, with thousands of people taking to the streets to campaign against the 3,500 kilometre, $45 billion, Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP).

The vast ECMP will stretch all the way from the polluted oilfields of Azerbaijan through six countries to Italy. In so doing it will transport gas to Europe, locking the continent into decades of fossil fuel use.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 07:36 • Mat Hope
North Sea oil rig

UK taxpayers handed big oil companies more than £500 million in 2015, according to new government data.

Analysts say about two-thirds of known fossil fuel resources must remain in the ground if the world is going to hit its climate targets. But the UK government has a generous subsidy system to encourage companies to “maximise economic recovery” in the North Sea.

This is despite falling oil prices and the growth of alternative energy sources, which means the industry contributes increasingly little to the UK economy.

According to new data from the government’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative report, BP made around £221 million from taxpayers in 2015.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 00:00 • Guest
Wind turbine

By Michael Howes, associate professor in environmental studies, Griffith University.

In 1992, more than 170 countries came together at the Rio Earth Summit and agreed to pursue sustainable developmentprotect biological diversityprevent dangerous interference with climate systems, and conserve forests. But, 25 years later, the natural systems on which humanity relies continue to be degraded.

So why hasn’t the world become much more environmentally sustainable despite decades of international agreements, national policies, state laws and local plans? This is the question that a team of researchers and I have tried to answer in a recent article.

We reviewed 94 studies of how sustainability policies had failed across every continent. These included case studies from both developed and developing countries, and ranged in scope from international to local initiatives.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 07:42 • Mat Hope
A globe painted with a smiley face at COP22 in Marrakech

It’s not just a broken record, it’s a broken record that has been glued back together and put on an increasingly wonky turntable.

DeSmog UK previously revealed how climate science denying Lord Donoughue had been wasting ministers' time and taxpayers’ money by spamming the government with 25 questions over 15 months about obscure climate models.

And he’s at it again.

Over the past five months he has asked Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ministers four times why they are confident saying the climate is warming. In each case, he’s been pointed back to the mass of scientific research that shows it is.

Donoughue’s questions are not a surprise. He sits on the board of trustees of former chancellor Nigel Lawson’s climate science denying think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10:38 • Emma Gilchrist
solar power

The solar industry was responsible for creating one out of every 50 new jobs in the U.S. last year and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician — so no matter one’s feelings on climate change, the renewable energy train has left the station, according to a new report. 

Tweet: “It’s at the point of great return. It’s irreversible. There's no stopping this train. Even Trump can’t kill it.” http://bit.ly/2nQcJJ8It’s at the point of great return. It’s irreversible. There is no stopping this train,” said Merran Smith, author of Tracking the Energy Revolution 2017 by Clean Energy Canada. “Even Donald Trump can’t kill it.”

More than 260,000 Americans are now employed in the solar industry, more than double 2010 figures. Meantime, the top five wind-energy producing congressional districts are represented by Republicans.

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