Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 12:06 • India Bourke

In the three years after countries signed the landmark Paris Agreement, the UK nearly doubled its public finance support for fossil fuel projects.

A new report shows the UK spent an average of £1.3 billion annually on the projects since countires agreed the climate deal. In contrast, in the same period to the end of 2018, it spent just £148 million a year on supporting clean energy. 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 13:18 • Phoebe Cooke
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Activists are preparing to take the Government to court over its “out of tune” planning policy in a challenge inspired by the watershed Heathrow ruling.

Three claimants - Guardian journalist George Monbiot, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince and Jolyon Maugham’s The Good Law project - argue nine-year-old energy infrastructure guidance contradicts the UK’s current net zero commitments.

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 14:47 • Zak Derler
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In its latest end of year accounts, the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), the UK’s most prominent climate science denial group, has reported that its total income has increased by around £75,000 over the last year – an increase of almost 20 percent.

The thinktank was founded by Conservative peer Nigel Lawson in 2009, due to his concerns about “extremely damaging and harmful policies” to deal with global warming.

GWPF accounts, published last Friday on Companies House, show a rise in total income from £351,642 in 2018 to £426,244 in 2019 – an increase of £74,602.

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:53 • Phoebe Cooke
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Campaigners today hailed an “historic” victory for the climate after three judges ruled expansion plans for Heathrow Airport unlawful.

Activists erupted into cheers at the Royal Courts of Justice after successfully blocking plans for a third runway at the UK's busiest air hub.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 09:39 • Frances Rankin
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Students are today taking their education into their own hands and launching a climate emergency education bill in parliament, to call for rapid education reform and with the hopes of gaining support from MPs.

Their calls contrast starkly with similar bills introduced by Conservative MP Christopher Chope, who was one of only five MPs to vote against the UK’s Climate Change Act.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 23:00 • Dana Drugmand
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It is no secret that many members of Congress particularly on the Republican side are in the pockets of their fossil fuel funders. The strategy of these special interests is to keep loyal lawmakers in their pockets through hefty campaign contributions, according to a new study exploring the purpose of oil and gas companies’ political campaign spending.

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 02:09 • Sharon Kelly
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A recent German news report has shed light on the inner workings of the Heartland Institute’s international efforts to sow doubts about climate science using the dark money group Donors Trust. Part of those efforts include the climate science-denying organization touting its newest representative, a young German YouTube “influencer,” Naomi Seibt, whom Heartland markets as the deniers’ answer to breakout youth climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The U.S.-based Heartland Institute receives millions of dollars a year to fund its climate denial efforts and is looking to expand them in Germany, according to the undercover joint investigation by German outlets CORRECTIV and Frontal21.

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:42 • Guest
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By Kieran Cooke for Climate News Network

Climate research is the poor relation of the academic world. Since 1990 it’s won less than 5 percent of the research funds available.

With the crisis of global heating now widely recognised as one of the most challenging issues facing the world today,  you might assume that vast amounts of money are going into climate research.

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