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Exxon to sue public bodies over climate denial

Exxon climate counterclaim

Last year saw public authorities and environmental groups heading for the courts in an attempt to hold oil companies accountable for climate change.  The law suits allege that – like big tobacco and big sugar – before it, big oil deliberately hid research that pointed to the impact of its …

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Big Oil’s plastic problem

Plastic pollution

With new oil discoveries failing to keep pace with consumption, and the cost of recovering the oil that remains increasing dramatically, the big oil companies have turned away from their traditional role of fuelling the global economy.  Instead, they have turned to petrochemicals – especially plastics – as the best …

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It’s time for climate scientists to shut the F*** up

Climate scientists

Let’s talk about “the politician’s fallacy.”  This is a line of thinking that assumes that the more you know about something, the easier it will be to do something about it.  For politicians, it works like this: the state is (among other things) a giant data gathering apparatus.  In addition …

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Why are greens so brown?

Green-brown deforestation

One reason for why so many people still do not believe climate change is real is that people who identify as “greens” behave as if they are also in denial. This manifests in two ways.  First, there is so-called “Al Gore syndrome” – the practice of flying around the world …

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More austerity please

We need a sustainable economy

It is a fairly safe bet that Britain’s Chancellor will stick to the failing Tory plan to cut the deficit by the mid-2020s, and to run a balanced budget thereafter.  It is an equally safe bet that the Leader of the Opposition will respond by calling on the government to …

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Britain’s farmland to disappear

Low-lying farmland

Just weeks after UK Transport Minister was condemned for making the ludicrous claim that UK farmers could make up the shortfall in food imports in the event of Britain crashing out of the EU without a trade deal, UN climate scientists have produced even more bad news.  This is because …

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Tribalism and climate change

Climate politics

There is no obvious reason why climate change should be so politically charged.  After all, atmospheric carbon rises and polar ice melts irrespective of what colour rosette a particular president or prime minister happens to wear.  As Doctor Marshall Shepherd in Forbes writes: “I too have been surprised by why …

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The two faces of climate denial

EU leaders

Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement was met with howls of disapprobation on this side of the Atlantic.  Angela Merkel was quick to proclaim that: “I think that the Paris Agreement is so important that there should not be compromises.” Then Emmanuel Macron paraphrased Trump by …

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UK government delays fracking protections

Get off my land

The government has come in for criticism over fracking from an unexpected quarter this week.  The Country Landowners Association (CLA) – a membership organisation for owners of land, property and businesses in rural England and Wales – has written to Energy Minister Richard Harrington MP, raising concerns about the lack …

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Human extinction guaranteed

Human extinction guaranteed

Some climate scientists revised their models this month.  Taking account of recent data, they discovered that your children will still probably die a horrible death due to climate change and its consequences; just not quite as quickly as had been thought. How this new research was reported says a great …

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