Don't Blame the Abundance of Oil

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Kamiar Mohaddes [2005] is a Senior Lecturer and Fellow in Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge. He did a PhD in Economics, supporte...

Cutting Off Isis Oil Production Could Lead To An Uprising Against The Terrorist Group, Claims Defence Expert

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics

Destroying Isis’s ability to extract and sell oil could lead to an uprising from those living underneath the terrorist group, an international finan...

The Gap Between Arctic Oil's Rhetoric and Reality

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Victoria Herrmann [2014] is a Research Associate at The Arctic Institute, doing a PhD in Polar Studies. Photo credit: Wikipedia. In a surprise sta...

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...

'Everybody's Hearts Are Broken'. Shell's Ship Sets Sail For Arctic Oil Drill As Greenpeace Loses Battle

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

Shell's icebreaker ship bound for the Arctic has finally set sail, after Greenpeace protesters lost their battle to prevent the vessel from reaching t...

Incredible Pictures Of Activists Hanging From US Bridge To Stop Shell Ship Heading To Arctic For Oil

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK

UPDATE: Shell's icebreaker ship, which had started heading towards the activists, has now turned back to the dock. Suspended gracefully from the st...

BP To Pay Out £12bn For Deepwater Horizon Oil Explosion That Killed 11 Workers

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK

Oil giant BP said it had reached an £12bn legal settlement in the US to cover the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill that killed 11 workers fi...

US's Hunt Oil Suspends Drilling in Peru's Amazon

David Hill | Posted 12.06.2015 | UK
David Hill

US company Hunt Oil has announced it is suspending exploratory drilling in one of the remotest, most biodiverse parts of Peru's Amazon.

Pipe Dreams? Buhari and Nigeria's Fuel Crisis

Lucy James | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Lucy James

The medium-term outlook is rocky. The urban gridlock, jerry cans and sleep-deprived Nigerians milling outside petrol stations is the best indication of the precariousness of Nigeria's fuel sector today. Buhari and the his APC party can expect to burn the midnight oil to make it work.

The Arctic Could Become a New Centre for Geopolitical Tensions

Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor

The Arctic region has long been admired globally as an example of good governance, one characterised by peaceful cooperation and engagement. The is pa...

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.

Momentum Is Gathering Behind the Energy Union - We Must Keep Up the Pace

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

In order to see that the Energy Union is a success, we need a truly collective approach to reducing CO2 emissions and ensuring security of energy supply to Member States. The technology is there and projects such as the North Sea interconnector show that momentum is gathering.

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.

Shell, BG, and Keeping the Lights On in Africa

Johnny West | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Johnny West

What would be really interesting to know on the day Shell announced its $70 billion bid for the BG Group is: did the Tunisian government know when it woke up this morning that it will shortly have Shell as its new business partner in keeping the lights on in the country?

Getty Oil Heir Andrew Found Dead In Hollywood Home

The Huffington Post UK/PA and AP | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK

A man found dead in a Los Angeles home is Andrew Getty, heir to the billionaire oil fortune of his grandfather J. Paul Getty, his family have said. ...

Peruvian Indigenous Leader: 'We Don't Want to Die Because of Oil'

David Hill | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK
David Hill

Leaders from the indigenous Matsés people in the Peruvian Amazon say they remain vehemently opposed to potential operations in their territory by a Canada-based oil company...

Climate Change Is Creating a New Battleground as Russia, US Increase Arctic Military Presence

Kyla Mandel | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

It's no secret that at the heart of many wars lies valuable resources, chief among them petroleum. Is it too far-fetched to think this won't happen in the Arctic?

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.

Might Norway Blacklist Canadian Oil Firm Over Amazon Operations?

David Hill | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK
David Hill

During the meeting in November various Matses men expressed concern about the potential impacts of oil operations on the IPI.

An Ode to My Parents: The Making of a Young Engineer

Rosary Abot | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rosary Abot

At some point, I came to regard being useless as one of the worst things you could possibly be. I wasn't useful to my parents every minute, but those times weren't wasted, either. Many of my favourite days involved sitting and reading a book in its entirety.

SNP's Credibility Has Crashed With the Oil Price

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

Throughout its modern history, the case for Scottish nationalism has rested strongly on the pillar of North Sea oil... But lately the weakness of this longstanding pillar of the case for Scottish independence has been badly exposed.

Markets Collide: Irresistible Oil Meets Immovable QE

Nicola Horlick | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

If QE is a massive block of money (no-one's quite saying it's immovable) tending to pump up prices and spending, the precipitous fall in the oil price has resulted is a near-irresistible force working against it.

Navalny Versus Putin

Damon Boughen | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Boughen

A few weeks ago Alexei Navalny walked out of court in Russia and straight into a protest against Putin, to many people's surprise. The surprise was not that he arrived at the protest and was subsequently rearrested but that he was released at all...

If Brazil Bans Oil From Javari Border, Why Won't Peru?

David Hill | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
David Hill

In 2007 Peru established two oil and gas concessions, Lot 135 and Lot 137, totalling almost 1.5 million hectares and contracted a Canadian company, Pacific Rubiales Energy, to operate there. This means that more than half of the western boundary of the Javari reserve borders Peruvian oil and gas concessions.