Energy

Indigenous leaders call for policies to end ‘green colonialism’

A copper mine in Utah, USA.

What’s going on here? Indigenous leaders are putting pressure on clean energy mining projects to consult them before they extract minerals on their lands. At the 22nd session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, they are calling for binding policies. Mining projects should have to obtain their ‘free, prior, and informed consent’ (FPIC) before breaking ground. What does this mean? …

Biomass – to burn or not to burn, that is the question…

Biomass energy (energy generated from organic material such as plants, wood, and waste) has long been a contentious issue amongst environmentalists, scientists, and governments. Interested parties claim it is a “carbon neutral, renewable” energy source, because the trees being burnt absorb carbon during their lifetime and during regrowth. However, this has been debunked on numerous occasions. Environmental campaigners continue to fight for biomass to be downgraded and for subsidies to be stopped. 

1,000 “super-emitter” methane leaks detected

What’s going on here? Over a thousand methane emissions hotspots have been detected from new satellite data. The emissions appear to come from gas and oil facilities, with the US, Russia and Turkmenistan responsible for the most. In 2022 these “super-emitter” sites were shown spewing methane into the atmosphere at alarming rates. What does this mean? These emissions hotspots are caused by…

Landmark lawsuit against Shell

What’s going on here? Oil and gas giant, Shell, is facing legal action on multiple fronts – including a landmark lawsuit which is the first notable one of its kind. The new lawsuit will target Shell’s senior leadership directly. What does this mean? Shell’s board of directors is being sued by Client Earth, an environmental law charity, on the grounds that they…

Germany – energy vs. the environment

Lützerath and Garzweiler coal mine

Back in 2021 Germany was celebrating the election of a new coalition government (which includes the Green party) and hopes were high for a new era of environmental action. But now, Germany, like much of Europe, is struggling with energy supply issues due to the war on Ukraine. As a result, it looks extremely likely that climate policies will fall, as short term solutions for this more immediate issue take priority. A small town called Lützerath has become a key site in this battle between energy and the environment…

Carbon neutral claims based on ‘useless’ offsets, reveals Bloomberg

wind farm

What’s going on here? Many large companies, including airlines and energy companies – notoriously big emitters – claim to be carbon neutral. They do so by purchasing carbon offsets: paying to reduce carbon somewhere else to compensate for their own emissions. But a new report by Bloomberg Green uncovers that these offsets are mostly low quality, and potentially useless. What does this…