Fossil Fuels

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 26.11.2015 | 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 ...

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.

Students Celebrate As Warwick University Vows To Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students and staff at the University of Warwick are celebrating after the institution vowed to stop investing in fossil fuels - following a two year c...

The Netherlands Can Become Europe's 'Energy Gateway'

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

Much of the debate, right now, is focused on the optimal energy mix between fossil fuels and clean energies like solar and wind. Important as this debate is, a potentially bigger and broader issue we face in Europe is creating 'new' flexible systems and infrastructure for clean energy which is much less transportable than fossil fuels.

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?

Five Ways to Stop the Threat to Global Health From Climate Change

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK
Jeremy Leggett

The advent of a strong voice from the medical profession, in the push for a meaningful climate treaty at the Paris Climate Summit in December, is hugely welcome. It is part of a multi-sectoral mobilisation that is offering increasing hope around the world that humankind can see off the climate-change threat, and spin its collective response into a global renaissance.

Edinburgh University Student Protest At Investment in Fossil Fuel Companies

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Jennings | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 30 students from Edinburgh University staged a sit-in after the university continued its investment in fossil fuels. On Tuesday, students...

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.

Let's Drill This Green and Pleasant Land

David Saddington | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
David Saddington

The announcement has been heralded as a fantastic boost for the British economy and industry, but hearing the news that we're delighted to have struck oil really feels outdated in an age where the coupling between carbon emissions and economy is breaking, sustainability is getting traction and green innovations are re-defining business practices around the world.

100 Billion Barrels of Oil Were Discovered in England - So What?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Kyla Mandel

The amount of oil found is significant, but not for the reasons touted by UKOG. Assuming there really are 100 billion barrels of oil, if it was all extracted and all of it was burnt, a total 37.5Gt of CO2 would be released. This is roughly equal to one year of current global emissions.

Why I Bought Shares in BP and Shell to Save the Planet

Louisa Casson | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Louisa Casson

Climate change is already hitting the most vulnerable communities first and hardest with extreme weather events, rising sea levels and food shortages. At the same time, fossil fuel companies in their ivory towers keep ordering more drilling.