Fossil Fuels

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 28.09.2015 | 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 buri...

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

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 01.09.2015 | 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 01.09.2015 | 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 10.08.2015 | 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 25.06.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 23.06.2015 | 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.

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.

Inequality and Climate Change Will Define My Generation

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

Whether you like it or not, you are left with a choice: do or die. This is too big for us to ignore, too close to put off- we must act. Mobilise, organise, fight, in any way you can. Already thousands of local battles across the globe are challenging the consensus and changing our fate.

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.

These Students Are Saving The World... By Urinating

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students at the University of the West of England (also known as ironically UWE) in Bristol are doing their bit for environment - by emptying their bl...

UCL Students Covered Themselves In Oil For An Orgy.. Wait, What?!

The Huffington Post UK | Nick Winchester | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Half-naked students dripping in oil stormed the corridors at University College, London on Tuesday - all in the name of climate change. Protesters ...

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

Today LEGO Dumped Shell - Here's Why It Matters to Us All

James Turner | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
James Turner

By placing its logo in thousands of playrooms around the world, Shell tried to insulate itself against anyone who claims that oil companies have no long term place in our society... Not only do our kids influence the way we think and act, they are the opinion formers of tomorrow. And Shell has been trying to buy them off.

Smart Grids: A Cleaner Planet, a Smarter Planet

Peter Rolton | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

Last week, Rolton Group proudly hosted the launch of the latest CTF report, which explores the vital role of a smart grid in the UK. I was invited by Dan Byles MP to open the event, and in my introductory speech I explained why the advent of the smart grid is of such importance for businesses and consumers alike:

An Energy Surplus in Wales

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The Wales Government is too feeble in its outlook to forge a way through Westminster ideology and strike out for what is good for Wales... Elected politicians seem to be more than happy to let this stupidity persist, denying us all the prosperity and energy security others are eagerly grasping.

If You Needed More Proof That a Fossil Fuel Economy Fuels Conflict...

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

In the last half a year we have seen further evidence mount against fossil fuels and the role they play in creating conflicts. But you would not know that because this is not how it's being framed by our politicians and mainstream media...