Tag: fossil fuels

Investing in coal power would be an expensive mistake | Trent Zimmerman and Philip Dunne

The UK has enormous capacity to increase its energy supply from offshore wind. Australia too has vast potential for wind and solar power Wherever you are on the planet, the last 12 months have been very difficult. In seeking the strongest economic recovery from the pandemic, it is understandable that many on the centre-right in […]

UK banks’ support for coal industry has risen since 2015 Paris climate pact

Lenders including Barclays and HSBC provided services and loans worth £21.9bn in 2019 British banks’ financial support for companies involved in the coal industry has risen since the 2015 Paris agreement, despite their pledges to wind down financing for a sector seen as a significant obstacle to tackling global heating. UK lenders provided loans and […]

Fossil fuel funding and world-leading research at Oxford | Letter

Peter P Edwards, responding to a report about Oxford University’s receipt of money from fossil fuel firms, writes in support of the KACST-Oxford Centre for Petrochemical Research Re your report (Oxford University receives £11m from fossil fuel firms, report finds, 20 April), the KACST-Oxford Centre for Petrochemical Research (KOPRC), has been located and supported at […]

Morrison government flags $540m for hydrogen and carbon capture ahead of Biden summit

The extra technology roadmap funding comes as critics say the Coalition is increasingly isolated due to a lack of climate ambition The Morrison government has flagged increased investment in regional hydrogen hubs and carbon capture and storage projects ahead of a global climate action summit to be hosted by the United States president, Joe Biden, […]

Climate crisis: Boris Johnson ‘too cosy’ with vested interests to take serious action

Report author calls for thorough clean-up of political donations, directorships and embedded interns Boris Johnson’s government is “too cosy” with vested interests in business to take strong action on the climate crisis, the author of a report on “the polluting elite”, has warned. Peter Newell, a professor of international relations at the University of Sussex, […]

7 million Californians live near oil and gas wells. This bill could change that.

Despite its green reputation, California has a big fossil fuel problem on its hands: neighborhood oil and gas drilling. In California, there’s nothing preventing frackers or drillers from setting up shop right next to your home, school, or hospital — and indeed, this is the reality for 7.4 million Californians currently living within 1 mile […]

Fighting pipelines to the last mile

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets and is supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Mike McKenzie felt that he had to […]

The University of Michigan divesting from fossil fuels shows that change is here | Bill McKibben

Relentless student pressure and the cold facts of the bottom line forced an institution with close ties to the car industry to reverse course in just six years If you want proof of how decisively the climate zeitgeist has begun to shift, you could look to Washington and the transition between the Trump and Biden […]

Major climate polluters accused of greenwashing with sports sponsorship

Report reveals more than 250 deals between high-carbon industries and leading sports teams Polluting industries are pouring hundreds of millions of pounds into sports sponsorship in an attempt to “sports-wash” their role in the climate crisis, according to the authors of a report published on Monday. The study reveals more than 250 advertising and sponsorship […]

The planet cannot survive our remorseless pursuit of profit | Owen Jones

Oil companies knew 50 years ago the huge damage they were doing. Their motive to ignore it is the same now as it was then Capitalism is on a collision course with human life and the future of our planet. Each year, air pollution takes more lives than smoking: the last estimate suggests 8.8m deaths […]