This is a guest post from ClimateDenierRoundup.
With the European elections around the corner, populists and right-wing parties are gathering momentum and teaming-up into a pan-European alliance.
The alliance is being established around a common anti-immigration and eurosceptic ideology but nationalists parties have something else in common: opposition to climate action.
Research shows that dozens of candidates standing in the election are using climate science denial and anti-climate action rhetoric as a campaign strategy.
Polls suggest Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is set to win big in Thursday’s European Parliament elections. Surprisingly, for a party that mainly pitches itself as an ally of Europe’s far right, that could mean a self-identified former hard-line communist taking a seat in Brussels.
That’s what will happen if Claire Fox, the party’s lead candidate in the North West, wins as expected.
Scotland has declared a “climate emergency”, intensifying debates over the future of the North Sea oil and gas industry. Five years on from a ‘catastrophic’ downturn, Chris Silver explores the impact of changing employment conditions in a sector experiencing unprecedented levels of industrial tension.
Thurso-based Mark Boyd is not your average offshore worker, not least because when he’s not out on a vessel working as a hydrographic surveyor, he spends most of his time maintaining his position as Scotland’s professional surfing champion.
By Ruth Hayhurst for Drill or Drop
Results from the latest government survey on fracking shows that public opposition has risen to its highest level so far and support dropped to a record low.
The quarterly Wave tracker survey indicates that opponents regard fracking as a risky or unsafe process and are concerned about earthquakes and the impact on climate change.
Nine climate activists are standing as independents in the upcoming European elections in the name of climate and ecological emergency. None of them have stood in an election before, some have been arrested to raise awareness about the climate crisis, and all want to change the political system.
Inspired by the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement and the climate school strikes, the Climate and Ecological Emergency Independents (CEEI) candidates have promised to break from traditional campaign tactics and take direct action, break the law, and engage in grassroots debates to get attention.
“It’s absolutely zero to do with being elected and it’s all to do with the campaign,” said Andrew Medhurst, one of the seven candidates running in London, a former banker who worked in the City for more than 30 years before leaving his job to become a full-time activist.
By Alex Kirby for Climate News Network
About one million of the world’s animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction − the largest number in human history ever to be facing the threat of oblivion, scientists say. Many species could be wiped out within decades. And their plight is caused by humans, and will inevitably affect us too.
The warning was delivered by a British scientist, Professor Sir Robert Watson, chair of the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), speaking in the French capital, Paris.
Waltham Forest Council still has tens of millions of pounds invested in fossil fuel companies – including BP and Shell – two-and-a-half years after pledging to divest its pension fund.
Educating kids about climate change can help their parents learn too, a scientific study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change concludes — even when parents initially doubted that climate change was cause for concern.
“This study tells us that we can educate children about climate change and they’re willing to learn, which is exciting because studies find that many adults are resistant to climate education, because it runs counter to their personal identities,” said Danielle Lawson, lead author and a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University. “It also highlights that children share that information with their parents, particularly if they’re given tools to facilitate communication — and that parents are willing to listen.”