Monday, June 10, 2019 - 00:01 • Chloe Farand an...

A network of lobbyists, politicians and campaign groups is pushing the UK towards a hard-Brexit, with the aim of axing environmental protection in the name of free-market ideology.

Powerful vested interests are at play, with a network of decision-makers and companies that profit from climate inaction overlapping with a cabal of climate science deniers eager to limit global action to cut emissions.

Over the past four years, DeSmog has been tracking this network. We’ve now mapped over 2,000 connections between its actors operating at the highest levels of political and corporate life in the UK, US and Europe.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 09:14 • Mike Small
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After protests around the Newbury Bypass in the 1990s, Conservative minister John Watts famously claimed that he would like to see Swampy “buried in concrete”. 

The descent of peaceful protest in Britain from being seen as an essential part of a democracy into a criminal act to be framed as a “threat” can be charted down the decades: from the Greenham Common Peace Camp in 1981, accelerating through the alternative culture of the traveling community in the Battle of the Beanfield in 1985, to the rave scene and road protests of the 1990s.  

The phenomenon has more recently been charted by DeSmog and reached its apogee with the appalling Spycops scandal.

This is the background to Tory MP Mark Field's violent removal of Greenpeace protestor Janet Barker at a plush Mansion House Dinner last week.

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 21:20 • Guest
Read time: 12 mins

Originally posted on Climate Investigations Center.

The collection of Global Climate Coalition (GCC) documents we compiled and released this April reveal that the organization had a singular focus, slowing down or derailing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations process and “tracking” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), undermining the scientists’ message of urgency.  In the GCC meeting minutes and press releases we see numerous interventions at the UN meetings along with strategies, budgets and debriefs.

So we decided it would be interesting to compile every fossil fuel company and trade group delegate who ever attended UNFCCC meetings. This research debuted in an Agence-France Press AFP piece and on Yahoo News this week during a UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 07:36 • Jocelyn Timperley
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Tory peer John Gummer, chair of the government’s official climate advisors, was this week cleared of accusations of misconduct by a House of Lords independent watchdog.

Gummer, also known as Lord Deben and head the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), was accused of failing to properly register the commercial activities of environmental consultancy Sancroft, which he chairs. The claims also said he had failed to declare the company’s clients when talking in debates in the Lords.

But the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, on Monday dismissed the claims.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 15:11 • Mat Hope and Ch...
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Sometimes there can be a feeling of déjà vu when reading the thousands of words dedicated to reporting Brexit every day. It seems to be the same people again and again putting forward the same arguments for the UK to leave the EU. And none of these arguments seem to favour climate action.

As DeSmog’s big new map shows, there’s a reason why: the actors pushing for a hard or no deal Brexit, and all the UK’s climate science deniers, well — they’re all connected.

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 18:59 • Richard Collett...
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In a fiery exchange at this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey told the government it was “running down the clock on our planet”.

She said “three current cabinet ministers have denied the scientific consensus on climate change” and pointed out that several of those vying to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister have “close links with organisations and individuals promoting climate denial.”

So, who was Long-Bailey talking about?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 08:42 • Isabella Kaminski
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For two weeks in April, Extinction Rebellion grabbed the attention of the nation. Protestors blockaded large parts of central London, turned Waterloo Bridge into a community garden and camped out on Parliament Square where, watched over by Mahatma Gandi’s statue, some were arrested.

Getting arrested is one of the key tactics of the movement, which aims to use non-violent civil disobedience to draw political and public attention to climate change. But is it a good idea?

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 16:56 • Guest
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This is a guest post by Chris Garrard, Co-Director of Culture Unstained, a campaign group raising awareness of fossil fuel company sponsorship of the arts.

Last week wasn’t the best week for the reputation of oil giant BP. Greenpeace activists blockaded BP’s head office in London, shareholders took the company to task at its AGM in Aberdeen and protestors vocally declared the meeting “a crime scene“ as they were roughly dragged out by security. And on Friday, the biggest climate strike yet took place with young people leading protests in more than 1,400 cities across some 110 countries.

But if you caught the news last Thursday, there was a very different story being told about BP, with the oil giant being celebrated as a champion of the arts – with the company paying £1 million for a series of “BP Galleries” to be named after the firm as part of a major redevelopment of the Aberdeen Art Gallery.