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Revealed: Government Failed to Consider Economic Impacts of Policies that Led to Huge Decline in Onshore Wind

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The UK government did not assess the economic or environmental impacts of a policy change that led to a huge decline in onshore wind developments, DeSmog UK can reveal. The inevitable collapse in onshore wind energy production had a huge impact on jobs in the renewable energy sector and is regarded as a missed opportunity to reduce energy sector emissions.

Mapped: The UK Universities that have Pledged to Divest from Fossil Fuels

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divestment protest

Are you a student thinking about where to go to university? Do you care about the environment, and companies whose activities are responsible for climate change?

There is a sense of momentum among the UK movement urging universities to divest from fossil fuels, and reinvest in low carbon technologies, which has been gaining traction since 2012.

Universities are major investors. Campaigners are trying to use this fact to encourage institutions to withdraw their support for the fossil fuel industry by selling their shares in dirty energy companies — also known as divestment.

‘It's a Very Male-Dominated Space’: Welcome to the Sexist World of Brexit and Climate Science Denial

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Do Brexiters and climate science deniers have a problem with women?

DeSmog UK has previously drawn links between climate science denial outfits based out of offices at 55 Tufton St, just around the corner from parliament. And research has shown that the impacts of climate change and Brexit will both affect the UK’s women disproportionately.

Yet, there is only a small percentage of women in leadership roles at organisations pushing for Brexit and to dampen the UK’s climate commitments, a DeSmog UK investigation reveals — and women who do speak out against these agendas are often subjected to horrific sexist abuse.

Statoil Drops 'Oil' From its Name, But Not its Business Model

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Statoil oil rig

Norwegian energy giant Statoil has announced it is rebranding to ‘Equinor’, a new name the firm states is inspired by “words like equal, equality and equilibrium”, as well as “Nor” for Norway.

But is this just an exercise in greenwashing? Just how fair and equitable is the company’s strategy?

After all, Statoil remains, at heart, a fossil fuel company.

What do Third Energy's Troubles Mean for UK Fracking?

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Third Energy's site near Kirby Misperton, Yorkshire

This was meant to be the year of fracking’s big push in the UK. But the early months of 2018 have seen the industry beset by delays and controversy yet again.

The latest obstacle came in the form of the UK government’s reluctance to give the go ahead to fracking at a well near Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire without financial checks.

Business secretary Greg Clark decided to have Third Energy’s finances assessed before choosing whether or not to approve drilling at the site. The firm’s filing of its accounts was four months overdue before they were finally published.

The project was due to be at the vanguard of a fresh wave of fracking in the UK, which would have seen wells fracked for the first time since 2011.

So what’s the story behind Third Energy’s troubles, and what does it mean for the UK’s burgeoning fracking industry?

Who Said What on Climate and Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos

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World Economic Forum sign

The World Economic Forum in Davos is a very weird event, with billionaire business leaders, heads of state and select policy wonks all mingling at a swanky Swiss resort.

But the chat isn’t just focused on how one percent of the world’s population can keep 82 percent of the world’s wealth — glasses of prosecco are occasionally downed to discuss technology, trade deals and gender inequality, with a smattering of talk about climate change and the fossil fuel industry thrown in for good measure.

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