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With the European elections around the corner, populists and right-wing parties are gathering momentum and teaming-up into a pan-European alliance.
The alliance is being established around a common anti-immigration and eurosceptic ideology but nationalists parties have something else in common: opposition to climate action.
Research shows that dozens of candidates standing in the election are using climate science denial and anti-climate action rhetoric as a campaign strategy.
A British lawyer has been interviewed by criminal investigation officers in Kenya over missing funds meant for the construction of two major dams in the country.
Guy Spencer Elms, a controversial lawyer based in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, was among various company directors and top government officials who recently appeared before the Director of Criminal Investigations for grilling in connection with missing Sh21 billion (approximately $210 million) that investigators believe has been wired to firms in Europe.
In April 2017, the Kenyan government entered into a contract with an Italian company CMC di Ravenna to build two dams in Kenya’s Rift Valley region at the cost of Sh65 billion. The Kenyan Treasury paid Sh21 billion to the Italian firm, but the company is yet to commence the work several months later.
The US leaders of a scandal-hit American student movement are touring the UK this week, following the launch of a British branch of the organisation last month.
Advocating climate science denial, “free markets and limited government”, and with numerous links to the fossil fuel industry and Donald Trump, Turning Point claims to have a presence on more than 1,300 college campuses and high schools, engaging in “over 500,000 face-to-face conversations with college students each semester.”
Famed for its remarkable archaeological treasures from the ancient past, today Orkney is forging a low-carbon future for itself. The archipelago can point to a string of landmark achievements in developing low-carbon technology, and hasn't been a net importer of electricity since April 2015.
Yet, this quiet renewables revolution in the far north of Scotland is under threat.
‘Blood’ was spilled outside Downing Street on Saturday as campaign group Extinction Rebellion kickstarted its spring action with a graphic sea of red.
Protestors emptied buckets of artificial blood, made from a mixture of syrup, food colouring, water, and cornflour, on the pavement outside Downing Street to represent the “loss of life that will be inflicted on the next generation,” said an Extinction Rebellion spokesperson.
It also represents those lives which have “already been lost around the world as a result of the climate crisis,” they added.
A failure to recognise the latest science around the negative climate impacts of fracking means the government may now have to revise some parts of its national planning policy.
A judge has ruled that the government failed to consider scientific evidence presented by campaign group Talk Fracking when revising the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). This is despite such evidence having “a direct bearing upon a key element of the evidence base for the proposed policy and its relationship to climate change effects”, the judge said.
By Ruth Hayhurst for Drill or Drop
The injunction against anti-fracking protests granted to Ineos is already breaching rights to freedom of speech, the court of appeal heard today.
A challenge, brought by fashion designer Joe Corre and campaigner Joe Boyd, argued that the injunction against actions at Ineos sites and premises was “wide-ranging, unclear, unfair and based on exaggeration and untested evidence”.
The U.S. exported a record 3.6 million barrels per day of oil in February. This oil is the result of the American fracking boom — and as a report from Oil Change International recently noted — its continued growth is undermining global efforts to limit climate change. The Energy Information Administration predicts U.S. oil production will increase again in 2019 to record levels, largely driven by fracking in the Permian shale in Texas and New Mexico.
And the U.S. is not alone in trying to maximize oil and gas production. Despite the financial failures of the U.S. fracking industry, international efforts to duplicate the American fracking story are ramping up across the globe.