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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 06:01 • James Cracknell...
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Waltham Forest Council still has tens of millions of pounds invested in fossil fuel companies – including BP and Shell – two-and-a-half years after pledging to divest its pension fund.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 00:19 • Sharon Kelly
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Educating kids about climate change can help their parents learn too, a scientific study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change concludes — even when parents initially doubted that climate change was cause for concern.

This study tells us that we can educate children about climate change and they’re willing to learn, which is exciting because studies find that many adults are resistant to climate education, because it runs counter to their personal identities,” said Danielle Lawson, lead author and a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. “It also highlights that children share that information with their parents, particularly if they’re given tools to facilitate communication — and that parents are willing to listen.”

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 15:54 • Mike Small
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Representatives of ExxonMobil’s Fife Ethylene Plant have apologised after unexpected flaring sent black smoke high into the skies across Fife for most of the past week. But the community remains furious at what it sees as regulatory failure and corporate evasion from ExxonMobil.

The flare at the giant petrochemical plant at Mossmorran could be seen for miles – it was clearly visible across the Firth of Forth – and went on for six days. It is one year since the Mossmorran plant was hit by an unscheduled flaring after several incidents in 2017 and 2018 led to the plant owners receiving “final warnings” from the environmental agency. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 13:35 • Guest
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Bernadette Demientieff is the Executive Director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, a group pressuring BP to pledge not to drill the community's sacred lands.

Later this month, I’m going to travel halfway around the world from my home in Alaska to Aberdeen, Scotland to speak at BP’s annual shareholder meeting. I plan to share with the oil company’s executives how important the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is to my people and urge them not to pursue destructive oil drilling or exploration in our sacred lands.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 07:17 • Mat Hope
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The UK parliament has declared a “climate emergency”, though the legislative and policy implications of the indicative motion remain unclear.

Westminster became the third of the UK’s legislatures to declare to give the state of the climate “emergency” status, following the Scottish parliament and Welsh Assembly. Dozens of councils have also declared climate emergencies.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 14:09 • Richard Collett...
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It’s just over a fortnight since Nigel Farage was back in the headlines, launching his new Brexit Party to contest the upcoming European Parliament elections, in what he describes as a “democratic revolution.”

The former UKIP leader, who left his old party in December after deciding it had become too right-wing even for him, vowed he would return to frontline politics if Britain’s departure from the EU was delayed any longer.

While it might seem like a single-issue party, there’s something striking about the list of candidates we’ve been gradually drip-fed since its formal launch on 12 April: the sheer number who still can’t accept the science on climate change or just don’t think it’s worth the effort of doing anything about.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 09:29 • Chloe Farand
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After weeks of mass demonstration, Extinction Rebellion’s demand that the government “tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency” has moved from the streets of London to the corridors of power.

The Labour Party is now pressing the Conservative government to declare a national climate emergency in a show of how far Extinction Rebellion’s asks have infiltrated mainstream politics.

And in the last week, both the Scottish and Welsh governments have declared climate emergencies, following the lead of dozens of councils across the country, hoping to trigger “a wave of action” commensurate with a crisis.

However, there is no single definition of what a climate emergency implies in practice nor is there a consensus on how fast action should be taken.