Friday, August 23, 2019 - 16:32 • Richard Collett...

The number of checks on environmental standards carried out by UK government agencies has plummeted in recent years, leading to an “enforcement gap”, a new report warns.

Analysis published this week by Unchecked, a newly-formed campaign coalition, highlights the impact government cuts have had on regulators’ capacity to enforce a range of laws, from air quality to fire safety.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 08:58 • Mike Small
Read time: 6 mins

At a packed meeting in Lochgelly on Friday, about 200 people, including disgruntled residents, community leaders and local politicians, voiced their anger at continued environmental breaches at a polluting plant that looms large over the area.

The meeting was called following the latest in a series of unplanned flaring incidents at ExxonMobil's Mossmorran ethylene plant. Local people had raised the alarm over huge plumes of black smoke, chemical-smelling fumes and a rumbling noise emanating from the site.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 14:17 • Jocelyn Timperley
Read time: 8 mins

UN shipping talks stalled last week as slow-moving players, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil and the US, obstructed attempts to decide how the sector should begin to decarbonise.

The negotiations, which took place at the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), are part of a global process on how to cut shipping’s large and growing emissions.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 15:03 • Mike Small
Read time: 3 mins

Polls suggest Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is set to win big in Thursday’s European Parliament elections. Surprisingly, for a party that mainly pitches itself as an ally of Europe’s far right, that could mean a self-identified former hard-line communist taking a seat in Brussels.

That’s what will happen if Claire Fox, the party’s lead candidate in the North West, wins as expected.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 06:01 • Chris Silver
Read time: 12 mins

Scotland has declared a “climate emergency”, intensifying debates over the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry. Five years on from a ‘catastrophic’ downturn, Chris Silver explores the impact of changing employment conditions in a sector experiencing unprecedented levels of industrial tension.

Thurso-based Mark Boyd is not your average offshore worker, not least because when he’s not out on a vessel working as a hydrographic surveyor, he spends most of his time maintaining his position as Scotland’s professional surfing champion.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 13:27 • Guest
Read time: 5 mins

By Ruth Hayhurst for Drill or Drop

Results from the latest government survey on fracking shows that public opposition has risen to its highest level so far and support dropped to a record low.

The quarterly Wave tracker survey indicates that opponents regard fracking as a risky or unsafe process and are concerned about earthquakes and the impact on climate change.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 14:44 • Chloe Farand
Read time: 6 mins

Nine climate activists are standing as independents in the upcoming European elections in the name of climate and ecological emergency. None of them have stood in an election before, some have been arrested to raise awareness about the climate crisis, and all want to change the political system.

Inspired by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement and the climate school strikes, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Independents (CEEI) candidates have promised to break from traditional campaign tactics and take direct action, break the law, and engage in grassroots debates to get attention.

It’s absolutely zero to do with being elected and it’s all to do with the campaign,” said Andrew Medhurst, one of the seven candidates running in London, a former banker who worked in the City for more than 30 years before leaving his job to become a full-time activist.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:50 • Guest
Read time: 5 mins

By Alex Kirby for Climate News Network

About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion, scientists say. Many species could be wiped out within decades. And their plight is caused by humans, and will inevitably affect us too.

The warning was delivered by a British scientist, Professor Sir Robert Watson, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), speaking in the French capital, Paris.

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