UK Coal

Brassed Off: Class War Drama Is A Class Act On The Yorkshire Stage

Rob Atkinson | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rob Atkinson

As a fine piece of theatre, Brassed Off is strongly recommended and deservedly attracted the attention of the local BBC Look North programme, which prominently featured the production in the middle of its run. But as a raw and gritty slice-of-life take on some of the most troubled times anyone can remember since the last war, it's genuinely important - and a very timely reminder of the industrial heritage we all still share.

Coal Companies Have Two Problems: The Age of Coal is Over and People Reminding Them of That Fact

Rolf Schuttenhelm | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Tech
Rolf Schuttenhelm

The coal industry is cracking, globally. Several nations are declaring themselves coal free, shutting down coal plants and withdrawing billions of potentially stranded coal investments.

A Defining Part Of Britain Ended This Morning With A Cup Of Tea And A Polite Salute

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK

Coal mining in Britain fuelled the industrial revolution, provided millions of jobs after the Second World War and defined Maggie Thatcher's premiersh...

The Death of Coal Mining in Britain Is About More Than Industry - It's About People, Families

Jody Thompson | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK
Jody Thompson

While all the news reports are focussing on how coal literally fuelled the industrial revolution, how at one point, one million miners were working in pits, how Big Coal is now over and heavy industry all but kaput in the UK, no one is really talking about how coal mining built communities, cultures, families, memories. My memories.

Show Me the Climate Money: UN Climate Deal Is a Triumph, now Onto Bridging a Huge Investment Gap

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Assaad W Razzouk

The Paris Agreement reached on 12 December is a triumph of the human spirit, built around the world class diplomacy of France, the UNFCCC Executive Se...

In Paris, We Let China Off the Hook

Paul Reza Afshar | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Paul Reza Afshar

I was told to bring gifts to my first Chinese business negotiation. Something British, and expensive. Arriving I indulged in the obligatory double-handed presentation of business cards and studiously examined my counterpart's credentials. 'Give him face' I was told. I was ebullient with esteem, commenting on the seniority of his position and the size of his office.

Coal Is Not the Answer for the World's Poorest People, But Tell That to the Lobbyists

Chris Bain | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK
Chris Bain

CAFOD, the development agency I lead, began campaigning on climate change long before the links between poverty and the environment were established. We listened to our partners on the ground telling us that extreme and unpredictable weather was pushing vulnerable people over the edge...

Time for the Government to Practice What it Preaches on Coal

Joe Ware | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

'Export Credit Guarantees' have to be the most boring opening three words of any Huffington Post article. But so often the important stuff is buried ...

David Cameron's Ideological Assault on the Environment Could Have Catastrophic Consequences Beyond Our Own Borders

Seb Dance | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

Our current political leaders, whether we support them on other matters or not, must not abdicate themselves from showing the leadership the world so desperately needs.

Five Sentences That Sum Up Winning Against Coal

Louisa Casson | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

Last Wednesday I went to Wales. Not for a typically British summer holiday (although we were all wearing waterproofs), but at the invitation of local campaigners of the United Valleys Action Group on the day Caerphilly County Council decided whether to approve or reject a proposed opencast coal mine at Nant Llesg.

Ed Miliband, Stop Sulking and Learn From the Climate Movement

Louisa Casson | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

It's no surprise that he's not in the most optimistic frame of mind. But when Labour's former leader spoke at Sandbag's relaunch a few weeks ago, his ...

Four Charts Showing How Far The UK Has Come In Tackling The Energy Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

In 2014, the UK's coal use fell to levels last since during the late 1800s in the industrial revolution, while energy use fell to its lowest level for...

Adapt or Fail: The Two Choices for Business in the Face of Natural Capital Depletion

Andrew H. Harding | Posted 16.07.2016 | UK
Andrew H. Harding

In the time it has taken you to click on this page, wait for it to load, and read the title (let's say five seconds) fossil fuel companies will have e...

It's Time to End Rich Countries' Massive Support for Coal Abroad

Samantha J Smith | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the next two weeks, leaders of developed countries can show they are serious about climate by ending their financing for coal mines and power plants abroad. Will they do it?

Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

Climate Change Is Too Important to Be Left to the Eco-Warriors

Joe Ware | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

Climate change is, at its core, an issue of injustice. Those that are least responsible for creating the problem, are the ones who are suffering the most. Livelihoods are being destroyed, people are forced to leave their homes and extreme weather events make widows and orphans.

Resource Responsibility and the Global Carbon Crisis

Peter Rolton | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Peter Rolton

One thing is for sure: any plan based on restricting access to cheap fuel is doomed to fail from the start, so we have no other choice but to address the problem and create long-term, sustainable solutions.

Government Awards £1.7billion Handout to Energy Companies

Jimmy Aldridge | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Aldridge

With budgets so tight we need to be very selective about how money is spent. Policies that contradict each other and fail to deliver genuine solutions come at a cost. Rather than handing out subsidies to polluting power stations we should be creating investment and job opportunities in the technologies of the future.

Fracking: Climate Change Concerns

Joe Storey | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Storey

Fracking is the sensible middle ground between preserving the environment and satisfying our energy needs. The industry is undeserving of the hysteria disseminated by opponents who threaten to jeopardise an energy source which is potentially beneficial to communities, the environment and consumers.

Shale Gas: Silver Bullet for UK Energy?

Peter Rolton | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Rolton

I was recently interviewed by BBC Radio Northampton on the issue, and here I draw together the discussion of exactly why this isn't and shouldn't be the case.

What We Can Learn From Students Protesting Corporate Power on Campus

Zion Lights | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Zion Lights

This is not the first time that individuals have chosen to stand up for what is right by sitting down, and we can all learn from what they are doing. Hopefully for the sake of the integrity of our universities and the health of our planet, it's a battle they will win.

Would Facebook Have Won The Miners Strike?

Karl Davis | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

How easy would it have been for Thatcher to dominate the reporting of the dispute had it happened today? Would the 'Battle of Orgreave' ended the same way if onlookers and miners alike were connected to Twitter, Messenger and BBM?

From Storebrand to Virgin, Are Businesses Finally Starting to See the Case in Tackling Climate Change?

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

As I wrote last week, the Norwegian investor Storebrand, which are also among the largest in the Nordic region, announced that they have excluded ten ...

EBRD Energy Investments Do Right By the Planet

Riccardo Puliti | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK
Riccardo Puliti

We have heard a lot of comment from anti-coal campaigners in the last several months, especially during the public consultation period for the new energy strategy. Their opinion is important to us, as are opinions of all stakeholders. But presenting the EBRD as the last institution that clings to coal and focuses on fossil fuels is incorrect on many levels.

Time for EBRD to Retire Old King Coal Definitely

Samantha J Smith | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

In the last few months institutions that specialise in development finance like the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the French Development Bank as well as the Export - Import bank of the United States have been lining up to announce an end to investments in coal.