Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 09:01 • Chloe Farand

A group of hard-Brexiters is working together to launch a “Museum of Communist Terror” with the aim to “keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century”.

Over the last month, individuals from high-profile and opaquely-funded organisations advancing free-market and libertarian ideology have joined the venture founded by journalist and writer James Bartholomew.

This included senior members of Vote Leave such as the campaign’s founder Daniel Hannan, who later founded the IFT (previously Institute for Free Trade), technology chief Thomas Borwick and head of social media Chloe Westley, now a campaign manager at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which was founded by Vote Leave’s chief executive Matthew Elliott.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 23:34 • Mat Hope
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The Science Museum continues to pursue a close relationship with fossil fuel companies despite campaigners’ repeated calls for the companies to be dropped as sponsor due to their contribution to climate change, emails obtained through a freedom of information request reveal.

The disclosure, obtained by campaign group Culture Unstained, comes two weeks before the start of Manchester Science Festival, where Shell is controversially sponsoring an exhibition. A low carbon NGO has already cut ties with the festival in protest at the deal.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 08:09 • Chloe Farand
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A London-based mining company accused of extensive human rights abuse and environmental damage in India has delisted from the London Stock Exchange amidst concerns it is seeking to escape public scrutiny.

Vedanta Resources Plc delisted from the London market on Monday amidst strong accusations by protesters that the company was “fleeing” the stock exchange without being held accountable by the regulatory authorities for “corporate massacres” .

Vedanta made headlines earlier this year after 13 protesters demanding the shutdown of India’s second largest copper plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu were shot dead by police and dozens were injured.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 03:02 • Guest
Read time: 8 mins

By Ben Wray from Commonspace.

This is Climate Week in Scotland, just as scientists meet in the South Korean city of Incheon for crucial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) talks ahead of a much anticipated report publication.

The anticipated outcome of the report (which will be published on 8 October) is that the IPCC will agree that emissions can rise no further than 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels to stop catastrophic climate change. We have already passed the one per cent mark.

The Paris Summit agreed to keep emissions to “well below two degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees C”, and a scientist at Incheon told the BBC that if the world were to adjust to fulfil the 1.5 degrees C limit “our lives would never be the same”.

Those talks come after a summer heatwave which has heightened consciousness around the issue of climate change around the world. After a summer of forest fires in Sweden, the issue became a hot topic in the country’s elections last month. And in Scotland concern about climate change has been rising, with the Scottish Household Survey published last month showing that Scots are increasingly worried that climate change has become an “immediate and urgent problem” requiring action, rising from 46 per cent to 61 per cent in the space of four years.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 07:46 • Chloe Farand
Read time: 8 mins

In a packed lecture hall a few hundred metres away from the Conservative Party Conference, climate science denier and hard-Brexiter MP Owen Paterson told the cheering crowd: “We are the mainstream of the Conservative Party.”

As the rift between different factions of the Conservative Party deepens over Brexit, Paterson, a political advisor to the group Leave Means Leave, was preaching to an audience already on his side of the divide.

He was speaking at the Alternative Brexit Conference, a one-day event which ran parallel to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday and required no pass or accreditation to attend.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 10:17 • Chloe Farand
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The UK’s Energy Minister Claire Perry has strongly rebuffed anti-fracking campaigners warning them that energy policy should not be dictated by “the demands of the shouting few”, as she pledged to push ahead with the government’s shale gas agenda.

Perry made the comments during a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday.

The event was organised by the low-tax think tank the TaxPayers’ Alliance, one of a number of organisations working out of offices in 55 Tufton Street near Westminster, alongside the climate change denying group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

As Perry addressed the audience of largely white men in blue suits, a group of anti-fracking protesters from Lancashire were holding banners and chanting outside the entrance of the conference centre.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 06:22 • Mat Hope
Read time: 5 mins

Whether it’s seeing a local resident break down in tears, being hassled by the police, or being mysteriously followed for miles while driving around site boundaries - some of the most intense experiences I’ve had as a journalist have been while covering environmental activism.

On every visit, I am shocked and impressed by the commitment of local people standing up to companies that want to use and abuse their communities for corporate gain. I am also shocked that I’m often the first journalist these people have spoken to.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 02:27 • Chloe Farand
Read time: 8 mins

Some UK trade unions have been accused of adopting a “divisive” approach that risked slowing down the transition to a low-carbon economy after they agreed on a lobbying strategy to ensure workers in the fossil fuel industries have a decent future.

The concerns were raised after the Trade Union Congress (TUC) voted on a motion setting how unions will work to ensure that workers in fossil-fuel-intensive sectors have access to decent and sustainable jobs when mines and plants are forced to close — a concept often shorthanded to the term “just transition”.

The motion states that the TUC “should develop a political and lobbying strategy” for a just transition to a low-carbon economy “led by the voices and experiences of energy unions and their members”.

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