Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:36 • Kyla Mandel

There are nearly two dozen PR companies representing various fossil fuel and energy companies in Britain according to a new DeSmog UK analysis.

Examining the most recent PR and lobby registry files up to May 2017 shows the scale of the industry’s efforts to influence opinion and policy through the many companies hired to represent corporate interests to both the public and to government.

As DeSmog UK’s map of this network reveals, global public relations firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies is the largest fossil fuel representative, counting oil giants Shell, Total and Statoil as well as fracking companies Cuadrilla, Ineos and IGas among its clients.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 13:35 • Mat Hope
Greener Hustings

How do you squeeze environmental issues into an election campaign dominated by Brexit? Perhaps by making Brexit about environmental issues.

That’s what Labour’s shadow trade minister Barry Gardiner did Tuesday night, accusing the Conservatives of using Brexit as a “vehicle for deregulation”, and putting the UK’s environment at risk as a consequence.

Gardiner was speaking at the Greener UK hustings, organised by a wide-ranging coalition of environmental NGOs held at London’s Royal Society on 30 May. His comments were directed at the Conservatives’ representative on the panel, environment minister Thérèse Coffey.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 06:48 • Guest
Bonn climate talks

When it comes to the fossil fuel industry participating in UN climate negotiations, it’s clear there is a conflict of interest – and demands for this to end are nothing new. But after fierce resistance to this idea during talks in Bonn last week from the EU, US and Australia, more needs to be done, argues Pascoe Sabido of Corporate Europe Observatory. With just six months to go before November’s COP23 climate negotiations, calls for big polluters to be excluded from the talks are growing.

Last May at the same ‘intersessional’ climate talks in Bonn, a group of countries representing more than 70 percent of the world's population insisted on adding a conflict of interest provision in the negotiating text. It almost made it, were it not for an underhand move by the European Union and the USA which saw it removed.

Pulling the strings behind such moves: the world’s largest fossil fuel companies.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 00:00 • Mat Hope
National Gallery at night

Fossil fuel company Shell receives special treatment from the publicly-funded National Gallery despite the oil major’s history of climate obstructionism, documents seen by DeSmog UK show.

The news comes as shareholders gather for Shell’s annual general meeting in The Hague today, with the board under pressure to agree to company-wide emissions reduction targets.

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 08:40 • Frances Rankin
The Uncertainty Has Settled movie poster

As I stood among 50 or so old white men wearing suits in a private suite on the 10th floor of an elaborate glass building in central London, it is not long before I am approached by a member of the audience who wants to know how I heard about the event.

I was one of only a handful of women, probably the only person there under the age of 35. I was clearly not their usual attendee.

I was there to see The Uncertainty Has Settled, a documentary by self-labelled left-wing filmmaker and journalist Marijn Poels. The event was hosted by The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), an organisation that rejects the science of climate change.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 00:03 • Antoaneta Roussi
The European Court of Justice

Two controversial trade deals between the EU and the US and Canada have hit a stumbling block after a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision.

The EU has long been trying to push through the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and Europe, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.

The deals could lead to an increase in imports of dirty tar sands oil to Europe from Canada, open up new markets to fossil fuel companies, and allow corporations to sue EU member state governments when environmental policies threaten their profits.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 02:55 • Mat Hope
Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, Tim Farron

Theresa May today launched the Conservative party manifesto, eager to differentiate her party from the Liberal Democrats that are making a land-grab for the anti-Brexit centre, and a Labour party swinging leftwards and away (or possibly slightly towards) Europe.

But among the Conservatives’ vague anti-immigration promises and plans to tie social care to the value of an individual's estate was a stark fact — the Tories are now the only major party in the UK that does not oppose fracking.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:46 • Mat Hope
10 Downing Street front door

Climate change is unlikely to be a big-ticket item for any party this general election. But in some constituencies, voters have a stark choice between candidates that want to tackle climate change and those that deny the seriousness of the issue.

DeSmog UK outlines the key battlegrounds for voters that care about the representation of climate science in Westminster.