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10/10/2019 - 06:00
Industry funds ‘grassroots’ resistance to tougher rules while touting green credentials Oil firms to pour extra 7m barrels per day into markets Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions Oil and gas companies are spending millions of dollars on campaigns to fight climate regulations at the same time as touting their dedication to a low-carbon future, according to a joint analysis by the Guardian and InfluenceMap. Their global PR campaigns on social media promote a commitment to a green, low-carbon future, but across the US in particular, specific local campaigns are obstructing tighter regulations on fossil fuel extraction. Continue reading...
10/10/2019 - 06:00
Firms including Ford and BMW respond to data about how they are exacerbating the crisis “Ford takes its responsibilities for the environment and communities around the globe very seriously. That was evident again recently, when Ford was one of only four automakers reaching agreement with California on higher gas-mileage standards to reduce emissions. We have said multiple times that Ford does not support a rollback of federal emission standards. Additionally, Ford supports CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris climate accord, as we’ve shared publicly.” Continue reading...
10/10/2019 - 06:00
Lobbying in US and Europe has tried to block and delay moves to cut emissions, study shows Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action Timeline: half a century of dither and delay Global carmakers are among the leading opponents of action on the climate crisis, according to exclusive analysis of the way major corporations frustrate or undermine initiatives to cut greenhouse gases. The research for the Guardian reveals that while the automotive industry releases public statements that support climate initiatives, such as increased electrification, it has been pouring millions of dollars through industry bodies into lobbying efforts to challenge attempts to tackle global heating in the past four years. Continue reading...
10/10/2019 - 05:22
A century after Walter Mittelholzer’s famous aerial mission, scientists repeat his journey to shed light on the impact of global heating In 1919, the Swiss pilot and photographer Walter Mittelholzer flew over Mont Blanc in a biplane photographing the alpine landscape. A century on, scientists have recreated his images to show the impact of global heating on the mountain’s glaciers. Dr Kieran Baxter and Dr Alice Watterson from the University of Dundee used a process called monoplotting to work out the precise locations from which Mittelholzer had taken his photographs. They returned to the spot in a helicopter and lined up their cameras using the alpine peaks as their guide. Continue reading...
10/10/2019 - 04:00
UK and US politicians pledge to rein in big oil in light of Guardian climate crisis investigation Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline Why we need political action to tackle the oil, coal and gas companies – video explainer Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have pledged to crack down on fossil fuel companies in light of the Guardian’s investigation revealing that the world’s leading fossil fuel giants are linked to more than a third of carbon emissions in the modern era. Bernie Sanders, leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and the UK Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said they would take measures to rein in big oil corporations to protect the public and prevent the worst impacts of climate breakdown. Continue reading...
10/10/2019 - 03:49
Demonstrators stage sitting protest in attempt to close down airport Dozens of Extinction Rebellion protesters have staged a sit-down protest at an entrance to London City airport. Protesters chanted “fly today, gone tomorrow” as they sat at the exit of the airport’s DLR railway station, blocked from entering by a line of police, just after 9am. Continue reading...
10/09/2019 - 22:50
‘A leopard doesn’t change its spots,’ says activist investor group, dismissing plan as effort to play for time The Minerals Council has announced it will develop a “climate action plan” amid increasing pressure on its biggest members, BHP and Rio Tinto, to quit the industry body over its position on global heating. In a statement posted on the Minerals Council website this week, the chief executive, Tania Constable, said the plan would be released next year and would “support strong and innovative action by Australia’s world-leading minerals sector to address human-induced climate change. Continue reading...
10/09/2019 - 21:55
Exclusive: Queensland Labor left figures say party built on the right to protest or strike Labor members from inner-Brisbane have unanimously passed a resolution condemning the mass arrests of climate activists and describing the Queensland government’s proposed crackdown as “eerily reminiscent” of the state’s authoritarian Bjelke-Petersen era. The Labor premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, this week announced plans to rush consultation on new laws that target climate change protesters, expanding police search powers and banning “locking” devices. Continue reading...
10/09/2019 - 21:06
Exclusive: Berejiklian government urged to develop Hawkins-Rumker area and Wollar field near Bylong The New South Wales government is considering opening two large coal fields to exploration as it seeks to make the state the “number one mining investment destination”, Guardian Australia has learned. The Advisory Body for Strategic Release, which controls the state’s minerals reserves, has written to the deputy premier, John Barilaro, who is also the minister for regional affairs, recommending the Berejiklian government approve the development of the Hawkins-Rumker area in the central tablelands and the Wollar field near Bylong. Continue reading...
10/09/2019 - 18:50
Magistrate says bail conditions preventing the former senator from attending Extinction Rebellion events were not necessary Former Greens senator Scott Ludlam has had bail conditions – that banned him from associating with Extinction Rebellion climate change protests – dismissed by a judge following his arrest at a protest earlier this week. The strict conditions had been labelled “absurd” by civil liberties campaigners and prevented Ludlam from appearing in court on Thursday, due to restrictions on coming to the Sydney CBD. Continue reading...