UK Fracking

What Will Be the Key Sustainability Trends in 2016?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
Trewin Restorick

Every year I rashly agree to forecast/guess what will be the key sustainability trends for the year ahead. This time last year I did predict that under investment in flood defences would force government onto the back foot reducing them to sticky plaster solutions - so I got at least one right! What then might happen in 2016?

Climate Change: Fracking for Natural Gas Is Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

So if natural gas is the wrong fuel to use to halt climate change, why on earth does this government want to frack Britain to extract it? Why is this government so fixated with the extractive industries? Why not strongly support the truly safe, sustainable, jobs-rich renewable energy industries?

The Government Must Take the Direction Provided By the Paris Climate Talks

Natalie Bennett | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The situation in Lancaster, and the even worse flooding further north in Cumbria, means climate change is in general conversation not just because the flooding occurred during the global Paris talks.

Dave, We Need to Talk: Your Fossil Fuel Problem Is Affecting Us All

Piers Telemacque | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

We've heard this all before. You said you'd be the greenest government ever. We believed you. You hung out with huskies. We believed you. Time and time again. You put a wind turbine on your house. We believed you. We wanted to believe you.

Labour Isn't Happy Fracking Under National Parks Was Just Approved

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK

MPs have approved proposals to allow fracking under national parks and other protected areas, prompting Labour to call for a moratorium on the controv...

The Waugh Zone December 16, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday December 16, 2015… 1) THE OTHER DEFICIT It’s David Cameron and Jeremy Corb...

COP21 and The Corporate Coup

James Crawley | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
James Crawley

What we are experiencing in Paris amounts to a corporate coup aimed at preventing progress and effective solutions to our climate crisis. Now more than ever we need to advocate for system change rather than climate change, with climate activists planning creative ways to inform the public not only of the false solutions on offer, but the real solutions that will lead to positive change in our world.

Green Investment Bank Privatisation - Six Questions That Need Answers

Sepi Golzari-Munro | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Sepi Golzari-Munro

With infrastructure at the heart of last week's spending review, Government moves to sell-off the country's only infrastructure investment bank beco...

The Waugh Zone November 27, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday November 27, 2015… 1) JEZ’S BLACK FRIDAY Late last night, Jeremy Corbyn cancell...

Women Assure Top Female Scientist They Aren't 'Too Silly' To Understand Fracking

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK

A chorus of women including MP Louise Haigh and celebrity Bianca Jagger have hit back at claims by a leading female scientist that women are opposed t...

Green Light for Nuclear While Renewable Energy Sector Forced to Its Knees

Sarah Butler-Sloss | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK
Sarah Butler-Sloss

The UN's chief environment scientist Jacquie McGlade this week criticised the UK for appearing to abandon its leadership ahead of the crucial upcoming climate summit COP21 in Paris. If government policy continues in this vein, we won't need to ask the last person to leave to turn out the lights. They'll have gone out long before then. Just ask the clean energy investors who are starting to turn elsewhere.

Amber Rudd Fails to Inspire on Climate Change

Kyla Mandel | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It's safe to say climate change is not on the Conservative Party conference agenda this year. If you showed up just 12 minutes late to Monday afternoon's main event, you would've missed energy secretary Amber Rudd entirely. And indeed, it seems quite a few people did.

Amber Rudd Must Stand Up for British Industry and Consumers

Alexander Temerko | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Alexander Temerko

It's time for urgent action from the government to wake up to these market forces and what they mean for British consumers, British firms and British industry. We've failed to benefit from the plunge in prices; it's now essential not to be caught out by the rebound...

Tank-Driving Vivienne Westwood Continues Her Attack On David Cameron

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

In the wake of a stunt which saw her drive a tank to David Cameron's house in a protest against fracking, Dame Vivienne Westwood has continued her sca...

Three Reasons Clean Energy has Permanently Decoupled From the Oil and Gas Markets

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Tech
Assaad W Razzouk

It's been a rough summer for energy markets: Oil prices crashed, China stuttered, the Federal Reserve dithered and emerging market currencies threatened to fall off a cliff. Energy stocks have tumbled down, reaching a crescendo in late August with an 11% decline in the S&P500 stock index.

Vivienne Westwood Just Turned Up At David Cameron's House In A Tank

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK

Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has driven a tank to David Cameron's house in a protest against the Prime Minister's plans to drill for shale ...

Does the UK Have a Paris Climate Plan or is the Government Calling Our Bluff?

Kyla Mandel | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It’s been four months since Prime Minister David Cameron’s new majority government came into power and there are just three months before ...

In Just 100 Days, Dave Has Undermined All His Green Policies

Marina Pepper | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Marina Pepper

Here's a back-of-a-fag-packet precis of the list so far: Solar tariffs, slashed, onshore wind, shunned. Carbon neutral new-build homes, chucked. Financial help (grants and loans) for home insulation and micro-generation: forget it!

Ed Miliband, Stop Sulking and Learn From the Climate Movement

Louisa Casson | Posted 06.08.2015 | 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 ...

How Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Impact Oil Prices?

Nash Riggins | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

From the outside looking in, you would never guess that Iran is a rich country. It's got sky-high unemployment, an atrocious poverty rate and no real economic growth to speak of. But in a matter of months, this cantankerous theocracy is going to turn the global energy market on its head.

Does the North Hate the North?

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

It's not the Conservatives that have a weird abusive relationship with the North and secretly wishes the sea would swallow it, but it's rather the North itself which stifles any attempt of economic revival. But of course, losing an opportunity to talk bad about Lady Thatcher and her Conservative acolytes is a price too high to pay.

It's Time for the UK to Switch on to Its Energy Problem

John Longworth | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Politics
John Longworth

After years of planning and protests, wrangling and reviews, Lancashire County Council's decision to reject the application for shale gas exploration shouldn't have come as a surprise. It highlighted the fact that the UK does not have a long term energy strategy, and for too long we've done nothing about it.

Lancashire's Vote Against Fracking Proves We Can Win the Fight for Action on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This rejection is worth celebrating, but we must not stop campaigning until there is a complete ban on the practice in Britain. Only then can we turn a corner in terms of our energy mix, to focus it on renewables. What we know now is that the fight for climate action can be won.

Tiny Village Sends Fracking Company Packing In Landmark Ruling

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

It's not often that huge businesses don’t get their way these days - but one small Lancashire village has sent a fracking company packing. It was...

Why Would Any Government That Is Serious About Climate Change Say They Did Not Want Any More Onshore Turbines?

Barry Gardiner | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Understanding government can be a complex business. The stated reason for a policy and the real reason for it are rarely the same. So it was this week when Amber Rudd, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change came to make a statement to the House of Commons heralding the end of onshore wind...