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  • 19 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Top 200 firms including Gazprom, ExxonMobil, BP and Anglo American hold four to five times more fossil fuels in existing reserves than can be safely burnedThe carbon locked up in coal, oil and gas reserves owned by the world?s biggest fossil fuel companies has swollen by 10% in the last five years, despite…
  • 19 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Campaigner says attempts by oil companies such as BP and Shell to ?artwash? their image are done simply to gain prestige and nullify local protestsOil companies are sponsoring the arts around the world on an ?epidemic? scale as a cynical PR strategy to improve their reputation, a new book argues.Mel Evans,…
  • 19 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Hundreds of NSW residents ? armed with placards and knitting needles ? spread themselves over 2,000km of highway to protest against coal seam gas When the Knitting Nannas Against Gas attend an environmental protest, they don?t just pack banners and hand-painted posters ? they make sure they have a pair…
  • 18 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Infrastructure providers need to consider the visual impact of their operationsCatherine Bennett is right to draw attention to a lack of a vision for our beautiful landscapes from any of our political parties (?It?s not just these new pylons that blight our land?, Comment).She is a little harsh, however,…
  • 18 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    The Conservatives have promised to give people living near proposed windfarms the final say on applications. Will the future of renewable energy in the UK come down to a matter of taste?The village of Redwick lies on the outskirts of Newport, a small, pretty run of houses whose position on the Caldicot…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    The Guardian campaign for ethical investment (Felix Salmon, 13 April) aims to stop fund managers investing in any fossil fuels. This ignores the need to discriminate between them. The greatest threat of a dangerous rise in global temperatures comes from the world?s reliance on burning coal. China and…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    At the Kyoto summit Japan was a global leader in the fight against climate change, but post-Fukushima its emissions are rising and its reduction policy is in tatters, overshadowed by the debate over nuclear powerLess than two decades ago, Japan positioned itself in the vanguard of the global fight against…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    New analysis reveals funding of over $3bn for fossil fuel-related projects last year, despite repeated calls by bank?s president to scrap such ?harmful? global subsidiesThe World Bank increased its financing for fossil fuel projects in the last financial year, according to a new analysis, despite repeated…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Rich world must support poorest countries to transition from fossil fuels much faster than they have to keep unburnable reserves in the ground, says UN climate change envoyTackling climate change will require developing countries to move beyond fossil fuels far more quickly than the rich world has managed,…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Important changes have been made since 2010, but the oil and gas industry has not learned from the historic oil spill in the Gulf of MexicoIn the five years since the Deepwater Horizon accident, the oil and gas industry has not retreated to safety. Instead, it has expanded its technological horizon in…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    A coalition of investors and environmental groups are pushing oil and gas companies to invest in green energy. What?s the likelihood they will succeed?Can fossil fuel companies be transformed into allies in the fight against climate change? As unlikely as it might seem, a coalition of environmental groups…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    New boss Andy Vesey says he wants to take the lead in helping Australia limit climate change to no more than 2C warmer by mid-centuryOne of Australia?s biggest energy companies, AGL, has pledged to shut all its coal-fired power stations by 2050.In a surprise announcement, chief executive Andy Vesey said…
  • 17 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Native title agreement struck with Yawuru people allows Buru Energy to start commercial production at an onshore oil field in the Fitzroy ValleyTraditional owners in the Kimberley region of Western Australia have vetoed fracking as part of an agreement allowing the oil and gas exploration company Buru…
  • 16 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Two of three judges in court of appeals seemed to agree with defense that lawsuits over emissions cuts for coal-fired power plants are prematureTwo out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel are expressing doubts about a legal challenge to the Obama administration?s far-reaching plan to address…
  • 16 Apr 2015 - The Guardian
    Motion to publish more information on emissions, low-carbon investments and lobbying passed by 98% at oil company?s shareholder meetingBP has promised to be more open about its impact on climate change after 98% of shareholders backed a resolution calling for greater transparency at the fossil fuel group.…