Fossil Fuels

The World's Ability To Tackle Climate Change Could Vanish In A Trump Presidency

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Anders Lorenzen

There are many ifs and buts here, and it is a long and distant road we face with many unknowns. And from the outset, it looks disastrous for climate change. But amongst all the dark clouds there is hope, and we must do our utmost to pursue that hope.

We've Ratified The Paris Agreement - Another Reason To Be Cheerful

Neil Thorns | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Neil Thorns

Above all, don't lose hope. If we do, we lose the war and we betray the world's poorest people. Let's redouble efforts like never before. Let's win the fight.

Carbon Dioxide Can Be Turned Into Rock In Two Years, Hundreds Faster Than Expected

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Tech

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is one of the few things which unites environmentalists and the fossil fuel industry. For environmentalists, it’s ...

An Open Letter to Leonardo DiCaprio

David Vigar | Posted 20.11.2016 | UK
David Vigar

The villain isn't the fossil fuel companies, Leonardo. It's us. It's society. It's each of us that enjoys the benefits of a civilisation fuelled by cheap hydrocarbons. The companies can't change it without failing in their duty to investors. You and I can't change it either - because a few rich people driving Teslas and fitting solar panels are outnumbered by millions who just want power and fuel to escape poverty.

This Is How Much You Are Contributing To The Arctic Ice Melt Every Day

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Tech

You might want to rethink any plans for long-haul summer destinations, as we now have concrete evidence of our individual impact on Arctic sea melt, a...

UCL Students Hold Halloween 'Die In' To Protest Uni's Investment In Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students at UCL held a Halloween “die in” on Monday to protest the university’s investment in fossil fuels. Around 100 protesters from Fossil Fr...

Businesses Must Wake Up From Their Climate Slumber: Trillions Risk Going The Kodak Way

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Tech
Assaad W Razzouk

Big business and the financial markets should stand and take notice, otherwise their continued climate slumber will lead to the destruction of massive shareholder value (and therefore the pensions of tens of millions) as well as many lives.

Renewable Energy Has Overtaken A Fossil Fuel For The First Time Ever

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Tech

For the first time ever, renewable energy accounted for more than half of the world’s electrical capacity last year. In some encouraging news for th...

Spain Aims For 100% Renewable Energy, And Experts Think It's Achievable

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Tech

Spain is aiming to provide 100% of its energy needs using only renewable sources, and experts in the country believe it is an achievable target. The E...

From Movie Screen To Reality: Why We Must Hold Fossil-Fuel Companies Accountable

Katja Garson | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katja Garson

Explosive, graphic, and seeped in narratives of corporate irresponsibility, the disaster movie 'Deepwater Horizon' hit cinemas in recent weeks. Based on real events, the movie documents the largest manmade environmental disaster in US history: the BP Deepwater Horizon oil-spill. Following an explosion on the rig in April 2010, 800 million litres of oil streamed into the Gulf of Mexico.

Respect Local Democracy And Keep Britain Frack-Free

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What is it with this government and fracking? They seem to be obsessed with drilling; the proven safe and truly renewable wind and solar energies are not for them. They want the earth penetrated by drilling and the injection of high pressure water, laced with a cocktail of nasty chemicals and sand, to frack the hell out of the rocks beneath our beautiful countryside.

Smoke And Mirrors: Climate Negotiations And The Fossil Fuel Industry

Bex Dawkes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK
Bex Dawkes

Imagine this. The government are reviewing the national guidelines on sugar consumption. You would think that this decision would be made by a group of experienced, intelligent and nonpartisan professionals. Unbeknownst to us, 'industry bodies' and 'corporate sponsors' are ushered into the conversations. Therefore, in amongst the doctors, politicians and health professionals, representatives from Coca Cola, Nestle and Kraft appear.

An Immediate Ban On Coal Mining Alone Wouldn't Be Enough To Meet Paris Climate Targets

The Huffington Post | Oscar Williams | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Tech

An immediate ban on tapping new fossil fuel reserves would not stop us from breaking COP21’s 1.5C global warming goal, according to new analysis. N...

Costa Rica Just Proved Dirty Fossil Fuels Can Be A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Tech

Costa Rica is celebrating a green milestone after achieving 113 days relying only on renewable energy. The country is currently on track to reach its ...

Scotland Was Powered Entirely By Wind Last Week

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Tech

Scotland was able to provide 106% of its renewable energy requirements for a single day last weekend. High winds in Scotland meant that wind power was...

State of The Transition, July 2016: Might the fossil fuel industries implode faster than the clean energy industries can grow to replace them?

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

In a memorable recent statement, some of Germany's top scientists argued that "controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables deve...

Post-Brexit, UK Trade Must Work for Climate Goals

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, one of the most important things on the agenda is the renegotiation of our trade relationships with the rest of the world. There is mounting evidence that current trade rules are a significant barrier to achieving climate change goals. Brexit provides the UK with an opportunity to change this.

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

Germany 'Needs To Ban' All Petrol-Powered Cars By 2030 To Reach Emissions Target

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Tech

Germany could be about to become one of the first European countries to set a date by which to ban all petrol-powered cars. The European nation has ma...

Pressure Is Mounting From Academics, Staff, Students and Alumni - Will Oxbridge Move Their Money?

Piers Telemacque | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

The pressure is mounting for Oxford and Cambridge to do the right thing and pull their money out of fossil fuels. Then they need to go even further. They can't just settle for being less bad. They have to be proactive in doing more good. They need to finance the clean energy future their students want.

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

Chris Bain | Posted 26.11.2016 | 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 ...

This Is Not a Migrant Crisis, This Is a Refugee Crisis

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

Millions are on the move. War is not the only contributing factor - climate change is tightening its grip on the planet, and the industrialised west continues to burn fossil fuels while poorer countries pay the price. The UK has to play a significant part in alleviating the suffering.

An Attack on Renewables Is an Attack on the Young

Piers Telemacque | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Imagine if the government took the money it spends on war and fossil fuels and spent it on developing a vibrant renewable energy industry instead. At the moment they're doing the reverse. They're backing the interests of big oil and gas over the interests of young people.

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.