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Nine questions for the Times about Matt Ridley

  2024-03-11 (or before) in openDemocracy

As the Times faces serious criticism over its climate change coverage, openDemocracy has some questions for the paper about the coal-baron at the centre of the scandal.

  Tagged under: Media | Climate Change Denial and Disinformation


Failing emissions scheme needs ‘total rethink’, experts say

  2024-01-24 (or before) in openDemocracy

Government accused of ‘deliberately undermining’ green policies after slashing financial penalties for big polluters


OPINION: Climate engineering? Spare me

  2024-01-23 (or before) in openDemocracy

Tech-utopian hero worship is one of the social scourges of our time


Climate activists fitted with ankle tags

  2024-01-23 (or before) in openDemocracy

Just Stop Oil member Tim Hewes has to lead church services with an ankle tag on – despite not yet having faced trial

  Tagged under: Activism


  2023-11-05 (or before) in openDemocracy


Opaque think tanks and landlords dominate Tory conference

  2023-10-06 (or before) in openDemocracy

Lobby groups and big business had a front row seat with cabinet ministers in Manchester this week

  Tagged under: Lobbying


Companies can keep scale of food waste secret after lobbying

  2023-10-03 (or before) in openDemocracy

NFU told Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that revealing scale of waste could threaten contracts

  Tagged under: Farming


Tories took £291,000 from airports lobbying for expansion

  2023-09-18 (or before) in openDemocracy

Donations raise eyebrows with Rishi Sunak expected to reject Climate Change Committee advice on banning expansions

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Rishi Sunak


Who Funds You?

  2023-09-08 (or before) in openDemocracy


Just Stop Oil targets think tank over protest crackdown role

  2023-09-08 (or before) in openDemocracy

Activists targeted Policy Exchange after openDemocracy revealed it received Big Oil funding and helped draft law

  Tagged under: Rishi Sunak | Exxon | Activism


Policy Exchange

  2023-09-08 (or before) in openDemocracy


New UK ‘net zero’ minister linked to oil-funded think tank

  2023-09-02 (or before) in openDemocracy

Claire Coutinho was senior fellow at Policy Exchange, which drafted law to crack down on XR and other climate activists

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Net Zero | Activism


River ‘dying’ after farmers lobbied to weaken protections

  2023-07-13 (or before) in openDemocracy

Exclusive: National Farmers’ Union boasted about months of lobbying to weaken enforcement of environmental regulation

  Tagged under: Farming | Rivers


Public to lose access to paths after landowner lobbying

  2023-06-15 (or before) in openDemocracy

Exclusive: Government U-turned on vow to abolish deadline for registering paths in England after letter from landowners


Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ found in tap water near airports

  2023-06-01 (or before) in openDemocracy

Experts say there is no safe level of exposure to the substances, which are prevalent in firefighters’ foam

  Tagged under: PFAS aka Forever Chemicals


The future of the climate debate

  2023-05-31 (or before) in openDemocracy

The cutting edge of the climate change debate was absent from recent events in New York City, including mass marches. It’s time to unlearn the deluded notions that keep us from exploring the real issues for the future.

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Revealed: Kemi Badenoch dined with US anti-climate lobbyists

  2023-04-17 (or before) in openDemocracy

Minister had secret meeting with oil-backed think tank that warned UK government not to listen to climate scientists


Airlines downplayed climate science to block new regulations

  2023-03-20 (or before) in openDemocracy

Campaigners say the lobbying tactics used to argue against tougher measures on emissions echo those of the 20th century tobacco industry

  Tagged under: Aviation


UK gives airlines £300m discount on air pollution bill

  2023-03-17 (or before) in openDemocracy

The government wrote off emissions equivalent to 400,000 passengers flying from London to Sydney and back in one year


Insulate Britain activists jailed for seven weeks

  2023-03-03 (or before) in openDemocracy

Insulate Britain members have been found guilty of ignoring a judge's ban on telling a jury why they were protesting

  Tagged under: Activism


BP, Shell, Exxon and co. bag £1bn handout from UK government

  2023-02-09 (or before) in openDemocracy

Exclusive: Government giveaway of CO2 permits helped fossil fuel giants achieve record-breaking profits

  Tagged under: BP | Shell | Exxon | Net Zero


Why we must abolish the controversial Energy Charter Treaty

  2023-01-24 (or before) in openDemocracy

OPINION: The treaty allows fossil fuel companies to sue governments for taking climate change action. It must go

  Tagged under: Greta Thunberg | Climate Change


Gambling tycoons and climate sceptics bankrolling MPs’ staff

  2023-01-24 (or before) in openDemocracy

Exclusive: Campaigner warns of ‘conflict of interest’ over donors who gave £1m to fund MPs’ staff and offices


Ministers urged to stop super-rich from censoring the media

  2022-12-02 (or before) in openDemocracy

Top newspaper editors call on Dominic Raab to bring in new law to defend journalists from oligarchs’ legal threats


Airlines want £2bn handout to cover cost of ‘green’ fuel

  2022-11-15 (or before) in openDemocracy

Virgin Atlantic, BA and EasyJet blasted over ‘outrageous’ request for taxpayers to subsidise their passengers


US voters have backed abortion. Republicans will fight back

  2022-11-12 (or before) in openDemocracy

OPINION: Narratives of the ‘resiliency of American democracy’ are premature, even if the Democrats held out well


Braverman gives herself fresh anti-protest powers

  2022-10-18 (or before) in openDemocracy

Last-minute amendment to Public Order Bill lets home secretary slap injunctions on people ‘likely’ to protest


Climate crisis activism: Is destroying property the answer?

  2022-10-16 (or before) in openDemocracy

From SUVs to gas pipelines, sabotage is on the rise as the climate crisis deepens – but does it work?

  Tagged under: Activism


Revealed: Truss adviser worked at energy lobbying firm

  2022-09-09 (or before) in openDemocracy

Iain Carter was a partner at Hanbury Strategy, which was paid to lobby the government on behalf of Bulb Energy


Truss backed US anti-climate lobbyists who tanked green law

  2022-07-29 (or before) in openDemocracy

Hardline free-market groups allied with Tory leadership favourite also said NHS should compete with US corporations


Leaders of net-zero backlash are funded by US oil money

  2022-05-09 (or before) in openDemocracy

Net Zero Watch says it won’t take cash from fossil fuel investors – but we discovered a funder with millions in oil

  Tagged under: Net Zero


Brexiteer behind net-zero backlash has $130m in fossil fuel

  2022-03-22 (or before) in openDemocracy

Jeremy Hosking, who is bankrolling campaigns to scrap UK emissions targets, has given millions to parties led by Nigel Farage and Laurence Fox

  Tagged under: Fossil Fuels | Net Zero


Green growth vs degrowth: are we missing the point?

  2022-03-19 (or before) in openDemocracy

It’s time to stop talking past each other and unite against the real enemies of environmental justice.

  Tagged under: Degrowth


MPs who lobbied for controversial ‘green’ petrol were funded by fuel industry

  2022-02-21 (or before) in openDemocracy

Government introduced 'E10' petrol after parliamentary group produced glowing report – despite warnings about its environmental credentials

  Tagged under: Climate Change


The Brexit dark money lobby has a new target – climate change action

  2021-11-05 (or before) in openDemocracy

Brexit showed that a few ruthless, well-connected people with big money behind them can change history. Now they’re at it again, and the stakes are even higher

  Tagged under: Climate Change


Will climate change stop Arabia from being Saudi?

  2021-10-29 (or before) in openDemocracy

The power of the House of Saud is a direct product of the West’s obsession with oil – can it survive a global shift to green energy?

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Africa | Saudi Arabia


BP paid ex-MI6 spy firm to snoop on green campaigners

  2021-10-24 (or before) in openDemocracy

Exclusive: Oil giant also shared intelligence on environmentalists with British Museum and Warwick University in ‘shocking’ web of surveillance

  Tagged under: BP


Glasgow’s COP26 is crunch time to save the world from disaster

  2021-10-24 (or before) in openDemocracy

Looking back on 30 years of climate conferences, Geoffrey Lean recalls the many missed opportunities for change that led us to this boiling point

  Tagged under: COP26 | Climate Change


The path to the square: the role of digital technologies in Belarus’ protests

  2020-09-05 (or before) in openDemocracy

In the new information environment, state violence against hyperlocal dispersed protests is becoming less effective in suppressing them. As the situation in Belarus shows, violence is providing a new motivation for people to take to the streets.


The faulty science, doomism, and flawed conclusions of 'Deep Adaptation'

  2020-07-21 (or before) in openDemocracy

The claim that runaway climate change has made societal collapse inevitable is not only wrong – it undermines the cause of the climate movement.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Collapse


Exclusive: Police Chief urged Priti Patel to use Extinction Rebellion ‘opportunity’ to curb protest rights

  2020-06-05 (or before) in openDemocracy

Boris Johnson says protest ‘a key part of democracy’. But new documents show Met Police boss urging government to use XR demos as a ‘much-needed opportunity’ to limit protest laws

  Tagged under: Extinction Rebellion


2025 no more? The Tory victory, XR, and the coming storms

  2020-01-17 (or before) in openDemocracy

There’s no chance of Boris Johnson’s government implementing any of Extinction Rebellion’s “three demands” to save the climate and biodiversity. So what now?

  Tagged under: Extinction Rebellion


System change, not climate change! What 'The Good Place' can teach us about climate action

  2019-10-16 (or before) in openDemocracy

It’s pointless to blame Extinction Rebellion activists for eating McDonalds. Like in the TV show The Good Place, it’s the system that’s broken.

  Tagged under: Extinction Rebellion | Activism | Climate Change


Growing pain: the delusion of boundless economic growth

  2019-10-16 (or before) in openDemocracy

Gambling on a future of continued economic growth is a bad bet with long odds and extremely high stakes.

  Tagged under: Economic Growth


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