Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 05:49 • Chloe Farand

Three judges have quashed the prison sentence of the three anti-fracking protestors, ruling the sentence to be “manifestly excessive”. The court room erupted into applause, when the decision was announced.

Simon Blevins, Richard Roberts and Richard Loizou will walk out free of Preston prison in Lancashire this evening and go home to their families.

The appeal case was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday morning in a packed court room with Blevins, Roberts and Loizou appearing through a video link from Preston prison.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 07:18 • Chloe Farand
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Hardline Brexiters are calling on the UK government to cut EU environmental regulations to secure free-trade deals with the US, China and India after Brexit. Environmental NGOs said the plans were not credible if the UK was to fulfil its own environmental commitments, warning that the Brexit vote was not a mandate to lower standards.

The alternative Brexit plan, which is backed by former Brexit secretary David Davis and former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and was published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), claims that if the UK continues to strengthen its regulatory environment, it will lead to “wealth destruction” and will “push people into poverty”.

The report slams the EU as saddling the UK with regulations that are “damaging to growth” and singles out environmental protection rules as one of the areas where EU regulation is “moving in an anti-competitive direction”.

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:17 • Mike Small
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The news this week that Big Oil behemoths Exxon and Chevron are to to join the “Oil & Gas Climate Initiative” was met with much celebration.

Announcing their membership, the OGCI made the bold claim that: “With these additions, OGCI members now represent around 30 percent of global oil and gas production and supply close to 20 percent of global primary energy consumption … making its members’ collaborative effort in support of the Paris Agreement, a significant global action.

But while there was some rejoicing that US companies had joined a supposedly progressive oil group that had come together to promote low carbon investment, others remembered to heed Business Green’s Michael Holder’s query as recently as 2017: “The OGCI: Oil industry gamechanger or pro-gas greenwash?”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 22:36 • Mat Hope
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A major new coal development in Wales has been rejected, once and for all, by the UK’s Planning Inspectorate.

Dawn Bowden, assembly member for Merthyr Tydfyll and Rhymney, where a major extension to an existing coal mine had been proposed, wrote on Facebook:

I have just been advised that Planning Inspectorate has written to the legal representatives of the appellants for the Nant Llesg appeal advising them that the appeal will now be closed, and no further action will be taken with it.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 04:50 • Mat Hope
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Museum officials are failing to engage with climate concerns when choosing sponsors for major events, new documents reveal.

Campaigners say this means publicly-funded institutions continue to pick sponsors that are “at odds with the museum’s values as a scientific institution”.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 01:28 • Mat Hope
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Climate science denial campaign group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) has apparently been left with a hole in its finances after a major donor did not renew its funding.

The Atkin Charitable Foundation had given the GWPF £20,000 each year between 2012 and 2016. But the foundation pulled its funding in 2017, its latest accounts filed with the Charity Commission show.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 09:00 • Chloe Farand
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Nearly all of the world’s largest 200 industrial companies have directly or indirectly opposed climate policy since the landmark Paris Agreement was signed three years ago, according to new research.  

Analysis by InfluenceMap, a UK-based think tank, examined the lobbying activities of 200 of the world’s biggest companies and 75 of the most powerful trade groups and the links between them since December 2015.

It found that 30 percent of all companies analysed have directly lobbied against climate policy in the last three years and that 90 percent of them retain membership to trade associations which have actively opposed climate policy around the world.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 08:57 • anonymous
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By Adam McGibbon a campaigner at Global Witness.

As last summer’s heatwave ravaged Europe, while MPs were on recess, the UK Government quietly announced a consultation on an unprecedented tax giveaway to oil and gas companies - ‘Transferable Tax History’ (TTH).