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Climate science denial is actually pretty rare, so why do we keep talking about it? asks Leo Barasi, author of the new book, The Climate Majority. Instead, he argues, let’s focus on a much more widespread problem: climate apathy.
We should stop talking so much about climate denial. That might seem a surprising message from the author of a book on public opinion about climate change, but I’m convinced it’s the right answer for those of us who want more action to cut emissions.
Look at the news and climate denial seems to be everywhere. It’s common in the media, as Newsweek readers and UK radio listeners have recently been reminded, while its grip on the White House seems stronger than ever.
There are fewer ribbons tied to the hedgerow, and most of the funny signs are gone. In their place stand weary protesters, greater in number than before, parallel to a bulked up security detail.
“We can’t really call this a protest anymore,” says Nick Sheldrick. We're talking while once again perched opposite the Lancashire site shale gas company Cuadrilla are trying to frack.
“No, it’s peaceful direct action,” adds Louise Robinson, who has been at Nick’s side almost daily for three months.
Campaigners have regularly pointed out the contrariness of governments giving the fossil fuel industry subsidies while also making efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions. A new report suggests that these subsidies are not only a waste of money, but bad for citizens’ health, Alex Kirby reports for Climate News Network.
Health campaigners say the energy policies of the world’s richest countries are inflicting a double burden on their citizens, not only using their taxes to pay fossil fuel subsidies, but also loading huge health costs on them.
The work of the Health and Environment Alliance, HEAL, the report says that although fossil fuel combustion causes deadly air pollution and climate change, virtually all governments spend vast sums of public money – their citizens’ taxes – on supporting the oil, gas and coal industry in fossil fuel energy production.
A new shale gas company backed by a former Cuadrilla founder has announced plans to explore for natural gas in a West London borough that has banned fracking.
In a release published quietly on their website in June, London Local Energy claim to believe that there may be a huge shale gas reserve below the site of the former White Heather Laundry in the Harlesden area, which it says could provide 12 percent of London’s natural gas demand.
The firm argues that locally sourced shale gas will be much less carbon intensive than exports currently shipped to the UK from countries like the US and Nigeria. They believe that environmentalists are undermining efforts to tackle climate change by stifling dialogue on fracking.
Since January, on the side of a stretch of road in Preston, a group of local residents have put their lives on hold to express concerns about the environment, democracy, and the future they’re leaving for their kids and grandkids. For the past month, they’ve had outsiders bring some extra help. And they’ve found that together, they’re stronger.
On the same day the government released the long-awaited latest draft of its air pollution plans, the environment secretary Michael Gove was busy publicising a new headline policy. Andy Rowell explains on Oil Change International why the announcement has been dismissed by critics as insufficient to tackle the UK's burgeoning air quality crisis.
Ireland’s first minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten, quietly signed off this month on the Druid/Drombeg exploration field off Ireland’s west coast which is eyeing an estimated five billion barrels of offshore oil.
The department issued no press statement about the initiative and it didn’t even merit a mention on the department’s website.
The news instead leaked out via an industry website, Proactive Investors, which revealed that Providence Resources PLC had confirmed that drilling operations had begun for the exploration well near Porcupine bank off the Irish coast.
A new lobby group has appeared in Europe claiming to represent ‘consumers’. But a closer look reveals it is actually backed by some familiar groups known for their efforts to weaken climate and environmental regulations.
But an investigation by Brussels think tank Corporate Europe Observatory suggests the CCC is actually working as a lobby group for a network pushing deregulation, while working closely with high-profile organisations including London-based think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) and US oil billionaire Charles Koch.