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...

Shell Quitting the Arctic Is a Monumental Victory - Let's Keep Campaigning for a Greener Future

Emma Thompson | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Emma Thompson

Yesterday Shell announced it was quitting its Arctic drilling programme. Let me just repeat that in case you, like me, couldn't quite fathom this wonderful piece of news: Shell is quitting its hunt for dirty oil in the Arctic. The thing is about these oil companies is they try and make us believe they rule the world, that their tomorrow is the only tomorrow. But today shows that the future can be rewritten. Shell execs might not publicly admit that our movement stopped them - but reading between the lines we can all see public outrage on Arctic drilling was a huge concern for them.

We've Kicked Shell Out of the Arctic, and for Now, This Battle Is Won

Charlie Kronick | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Charlie Kronick

We've kicked Shell out of the Arctic, and for now, this battle is won. Now this bear, and this movement, is starting out on a new journey: she's going to Paris, where the nations of the world will soon gather to negotiate a deal on climate change.

Shell Loses Billions After Pulling Out Of Alaska Drilling Site

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK

Shell has pulled out of controversial drilling off the coast of Alaska some six weeks after gaining permission to do so, after failing to find suffici...

Why I'm Crossing the Line to Stop Shell

Emma Thompson | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Emma Thompson

I know that I'll be called naive or hypocritical, or both. The world needs oil and we all drive cars. But things are changing at impressive speed. Silicon Valley is building more electric vehicles than you can shake a stick at. Batteries are getting better all the time and soon will be in our homes and businesses. It's not hard to imagine a future where the petrol pump is a museum exhibit that children will be boggled by. But Shell wants us to believe that this vision of the future is impossible, that renewable energy is a passing fad.

'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...

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?

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.

Do Investors Know What Shell Is Up To?

Brendan O'Donnell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Brendan O'Donnell

Business people sometimes think we campaigners are a bit naïve. Our lofty ideals should be accommodated as far as possible, but business is business. We need to be realistic about how the world works. Well, we are idealistic. But that doesn't mean our arguments don't make business sense.

Replacing the Internal Combustion Engine: Why the Future Is Electric

Intelligence Squared | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

The internal combustion engine (ICE) was one of the iconic inventions and mass technologies of the 20th century. It made fortunes for successful entrepreneurs and companies, and resulted in some of the largest corporations of the present day.

Car of the Future? And the Winner is....

Intelligence Squared | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

I know you are expecting a glimpse of the tech-filled car of the future. Maybe something jewel-like in its shiny precision? And let's not forget something that's as photogenic as it is sexy, green, and fast accelerating?

Driving Driverless Cars: The Future of Urban Mobility

Intelligence Squared | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Machine intelligence is coming to drive us. This robotics-science technology will not arrive unannounced in our cars. We will not overnight have no need to learn to drive. Its just that we won't have to be driving all the time in all places.

Getting City Commuters Out of Their Car and Into the Air - SkyTran Is the Future of Urban Transport

Intelligence Squared | Posted 25.12.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Traffic is too heavy. Rush hour is too long. Highways are too narrow and byways too slight. Our roads are congested, backed-up, over-crowded, and bumper to crash-proof bumper... The urban environment as we once knew it is gone.

Encouraging Invention in Britain Today

Intelligence Squared | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

We can be proud of the long list of inventions that hail from these islands: the steam engine, railways, steel production, the electric motor, radio, computers, antibiotics, radar, DNA research, industrial automation and the worldwide web have all have their roots in pioneering British work. A Japanese survey once found that 56 per cent of the world's greatest inventions come from these shores.

Richard Branson and His Self-Interest Corporatist Friends Are Not Being Honest About True Cost of EU

Janice Atkinson | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

So Messrs Branson et al, go back and do your sums. Your signatories to this letter are fighting their self-interested corporatist corner. The big energy companies are well-represented in your letter, along with others who have contracts with government or are taxpayer bailed out companies.

"BrentGate" Will Be Larger Than the Libor Scandal

Johnny West | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK
Johnny West

Here's a prediction: the Brent price fixing scandal will turn out to be larger than Libor. Energy prices ripple throughout the real economy and there will be not thousands but millions of angry punters ready to exercise a grievance if any of these allegations turn out to be true.

BP And Shell Investigated By European Commission Over Price-Fixing

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Oil company BP is being investigated over allegations of price-fixing, it emerged on Tuesday night. The European Commission said a series of unannounc...

Lucy Sherriff

Protesters Kicked Out Of Oxford University Dinner To Celebrate 'Irresponsible' Shell Partnership | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A private dinner hosted by Oxford University to celebrate its controversial new partnership with oil company Shell was dramatically gatecrashed by pro...

Can You Make Art Without Oil?

Zion Lights | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Zion Lights

Oil companies aren't known for their ethics. Last month an ExxonMobil pipeline spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, wreaked havoc in the small town, destroying people's houses, gardens and local wildlife. It doesn't fill you with confidence that the oil industry's investment in a fragile area of British culture can be trusted.

Smarter Cities: The Importance of Future Urban Planning

Intelligence Squared | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

The scale and pace of urban development is startling. Allowing for a world population of nine billion people by 2050, every single new person on the planet will be accounted for in a city somewhere - that's eight new Londons a year for the next 40 years.

Shell's Victory and Embarrassment in the Dutch Court

Cees Van Dam | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK
Cees Van Dam

Pollution and sabotage are linked in two ways: not only does sabotage cause pollution, pollution also causes sabotage. We know that garbage on the street increases the risk of criminality so there can be no doubt about the effect of massive oil pollution on the risk of sabotage.

Others Should Follow Waitrose's Lead - Put Shell on Ice!

Anders Lorenzen | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK
Anders Lorenzen

This was meant to be a blog about Waitrose's relationship with fossil fuel giant Shell (Waitrose had been considering plans to open up shops in Shell petrol stations across the country), calling on Waitrose to end their partnership with the mass polluter. But Waitrose must be mind-readers because on Wednesday they did just that.

Motivation and Love: the Recipe for a Successful Business Marriage

Dessislava Bell | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Tech
Dessislava Bell

Motivation to work hard and keep working hard. The ability to motivate your team to believe in your vision and bring their own drive to the game. And ultimately, the ability to motivate customers to invest in your products, to use them and to spread the word for you.

Natural Gas as the Backbone of a Sustainable Energy System

Intelligence Squared | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK
Intelligence Squared

By Wim Thomas If we are serious about meeting our long-term energy needs in a sustainable way, then we need to get serious about using natural gas to...