Fossil Fuels

Methane emissions from coalmines could stoke climate crisis – study.

Millions of tonnes belched into atmosphere as policymakers overlook threat, researchers findThe methane emissions leaking from the world’s coalmines could be stoking the global climate crisis at the same rate as the shipping and aviation industrie...

Climate change deniers’ new battle front attacked

‘Pernicious’ campaign is unfair on well-meaning people who want to help – expertThe battle between climate change deniers and the environment movement has entered a new, pernicious phase. That is the stark warning of one of the world’s leading cli...

Global investment in cutting greenhouse gases fell by 11% in 2018.

Climate mitigation effort ‘cancelled out’ by outlay on fossil fuels finds CPIInvestment in greenhouse gas emission reduction fell last year despite the growing urgency of the climate crisis, and the benefits of outlays were cancelled out by invest...

Cambridge accepts £6m Shell donation for oil extraction research.

Cambridge Zero Carbon says university has been ‘hijacked’ by fossil fuel industryCambridge university has accepted a multimillion-pound donation from Shell to fund a team researching oil extraction technology, even as it publicly positions itself ...

Campaigners try again to stop Norway drilling for oil in Arctic.

Activists take government back to court, saying plans violate people’s environmental rightsClimate campaigners are taking Norway’s government back to court to oppose its plans to open the Arctic for oil drilling despite a public commitment to tack...

Jeremy Corbyn decries fracking suspension as election stunt.

Labour leader’s comments come after minister suggests halt may only be temporaryCalls are growing for the next government to make the suspension of fracking in England permanent after a minister suggested the halt to exploration may only be tempor...

Fracking banned in UK as government makes major U-turn.

Victory for green groups follows damning scientific study and criticism from spending watchdogThe government has banned fracking with immediate effect in a watershed moment for environmentalists and community activists.Ministers also warned shale ...

Fossil fuel big five 'spent €251m lobbying EU' since 2010.

Report comes amid calls for set up of firewall to protect politics from industry influenceThe five biggest oil and gas companies, and their industry groups, have spent at least €251m (£217m) lobbying the European Union over climate policies since ...

Concerns as EU bank balks at plan to halt fossil fuel investments.

Last-minute lobbying forces delay to ambitious move by European Investment BankThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has balked at a proposal to halt new investments in fossil fuels, raising concerns that Germany and other nations are plotting to wat...

How vested interests tried to turn the world against climate science.

For decades fossil fuel majors tried to fight the consensus – just as big tobacco once disputed that smoking killsRevealed: top UK thinktank spent decades undermining climate scienceIn 1998 a public relations consultant called Joe Walker wrote to ...

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Oil firms to pour extra 7m barrels per day into markets, data shows.

Projected production surge in next 12 years to be led by Shell despite climate crisisWhy we need political action to rein in the fossil fuel industry – video explainerThe world’s 50 biggest oil companies are poised to flood markets with an additio...

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Fossil fuel firms' social media fightback against climate action.

Industry funds ‘grassroots’ resistance to tougher rules while touting green credentialsFires, explosions and toxic mud: Front Range residents fight a fracking boomOil and gas companies are spending millions of dollars on campaigns to fight climate...

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Corbyn and Sanders vow to crack down on fossil fuel firms.

UK and US politicians pledge to rein in big oil in light of Guardian climate change investigationHalf a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timelineWhy we need political action to tackle the oil, coal and gas companies - video explaine...

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NSW government may open two new coal fields for exploration to boost economic growth.

Exclusive: Berejiklian government urged to develop Hawkins-Rumker area and Wollar field near BylongThe New South Wales government is considering opening two large coal fields to exploration as it seeks to make the state the “number one mining inve...

Global mayors denounce 'failed' UN climate summit

Mayors attack ‘ineptitude’ of world leaders and accuse US, Brazil, Australia, Russia and Turkey of being ‘essentially representatives of the fossil fuel industry’Mayors from a group representing more than 90 of the world’s biggest cities have laun...

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Why we need political action to tackle the oil, coal and gas companies - video explainer.

The Guardian reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era. The global environment edito...

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Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline.

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s Continue reading...

Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions.

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangersThe Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly lin...

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It’s time to rein in the fossil fuel giants before their greed chokes the planet - Richard Heede.

Just 20 companies are responsible for 35% of carbon emissions yet they continue to ignore calls for changeWe’ve long known that the big fossil fuel companies are responsible for a huge share of the world’s carbon emissions. Now the Climate Account...

Secretive national oil companies hold our climate in their hands.

State-owned firms such as Saudi Aramco and Gazprom have 90% of known reservesThe businesses controlling the future of the global climate are names most people have never heard of. State-owned companies with rights over the exploitation of national...

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'Human rights before mining rights': German villagers take on coal giant.

Residents say they will not be ousted by energy firm seeking to expand the Garzweiler mineA group of villagers living on the edge of one of Germany’s biggest surface coalmines have vowed not sell their properties to the energy company RWE, and to ...

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Volkswagen emissions scandal: mass lawsuit opens in Germany.

Hundreds of thousands of diesel car owners take action in first-of-its-kind claimA case pitting hundreds of thousands of owners of manipulated diesel vehicles against German car manufacturer Volkswagen has opened, four years after the country’s la...

Energy sector leaders call climate strikers naive, but recognize their right to protest.

Oil and gas industry insiders say demands by organizers of Friday's Global Climate Strike to transition swiftly away from fossil fuels to 100 per cent renewable energy are naive and unrealistic.

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‘Swampy symbiosis’: fossil fuel industry has more clout than ever under Trump.

Lobbyists are giving millions to help Trump win in 2020, after reaping a regulatory windfall that benefited their bottom lines Robert Murray, a coal magnate who forged ties in 2016 with Donald Trump as he championed reviving the beleaguered coal i...

David Attenborough attacks Australian PM on climate record and support for coal.

Natural historian denounces Scott Morrison’s policies, saying the bleached Great Barrier Reef is ‘a tragic sight’David Attenborough has criticised the Morrison government’s record on climate policy and support for new coalmines.In an interview tha...

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