THE POWERFUL PRESENCE OF FOSSIL FUEL LOBBYISTS

Image Credit – Tasos Mansour A coalition of 126 civil society groups have called for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to exclude fossil fuel lobbyists from attending future climate talks, claiming that ‘climate action will always be inadequate if polluting interests are allowed to obstruct.’1  This demand comes after a record […]

NEW LOSS AND DAMAGE FUND COMPENSATES VULNERABLE COUNTRIES FOR CLIMATE INEQUALITIES

Image Credit – Adeel Shabir A monumental agreement has been struck by G77 nations on a new loss and damage fund.  The documents were published on Sunday morning, (20th November) over 36 hours after negotiations at COP27 were scheduled to end.  The proposal finally made it onto the agenda of this year’s global climate summit […]

GOOD NEWS ON INTERNATIONAL ENERGY SOURCING 

Image Credit – American Public Power Association The Global energy crisis marks a ‘historic turning point’ in the transition away from fossil fuels according to the IEA (International Energy Agency).  Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine which began in February last year has accelerated the transition to renewable energy, according to the IEA’s annual report on […]

SHOWING UP FOR COP27

Image Credit – Jordan Madec COP27 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and in November 2022 the 27th conference will be hosted by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The conference takes place every year and unites around 200 countries who present their plans to reduce carbon emissions.  The 2021 conference, COP26, […]

COP27 AND COCA-COLA: PR COUP OR PR DISASTER?

Image Credit – Maria Mendiola Coca-Cola is the headline sponsor of COP27. While some folks are Furious – there is a petition to remove the company as sponsor currently running on Change.org – some specialists (see LinkedIn) are pointing out that it’s better for the organisation “to have a seat at the table” – and […]

WHEN IS ‘ACTIVIST CHAOS’ ACCEPTABLE?

Dartford Bridge protest October 2022

Image Credit – Emily Malkin Today, 17th October 2022, two members of Just Stop Oil closed the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on the M25 between Kent and Essex for 24 hours. These brave and passionate souls climbed masts that tower 84 metres over the motorway, diverting traffic through the two lane tunnel and creating chaos […]

UK MUST STEP UP FOR NET ZERO

Net Zero Energy Crisis UK

Image Credit – Heidi Fin The UK government has come under fire for dragging its feet on climate targets, as the Climate Change Committee, in a condemning report,¹ finds that it is not on track to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  The 2022 Progress Report to Parliament finds ‘major failures’ in the […]

BYLINE TIMES A HOT MESS

Our contributor Ottilie Owen asked to summarise an article from Byline Times’ extensive climate change section in the August print edition. Further articles are available at their website: www.bylinetimes.com When David Cameron repositioned the Conservative Party in 2006 as environmentalist organisation encouraging Britons to ‘vote blue, go green’ whilst updating the party’s logo to a […]

BEING HUMAN EXHIBITION

Image Credit – Olivia Trimborn ‘Being Human,’ a new and permanent gallery at the Wellcome Collection offers a selection of 50 objects and artworks that explore the complexity of being human in the 21st century. These works are divided into four sections: genetics, minds & bodies, infections and environmental breakdown, and they each explore our […]

ENERGY CRISIS

Image Credit – Marcin Jozwiak The Guardian has reported a package that marks one of the biggest government interventions since the financial crisis of 2007-2008. Liz Truss has outlined her plan to deal with the current energy chaos. “Extraordinary challenges call for extraordinary measures, ensuring that the United Kingdom is never in this situation again,” Truss […]