HERE) The awards, organised by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, expose financial support for dirty energy in countries across Europe. It's time to announce the winners of the public vote! The Gold prize goes to Portugal for handing out a licence to national gas and oil companies for drilling in the deep sea in the Southern province of Alentejo, a protected biodiversity area and a tourism hotspot. This subsidy was nominated by ZERO. Poland scoops the Silver award for the “capacity mechanism”, a subsidy aimed at keeping coal power plants online, nominated by Greenpeace Poland. Spain takes Bronze for subsidising coal in the sunkissed Balearic islands, blocking the development of electricity generation from solar energy. This subsidy was nominated by GOB Mallorca and IIDMA. The five runners up received a Badge of Dis-Honour, and CAN Europe awarded the European Union a special prize for its support to gas infrastructure.video announcement of the winners, … [Read more...] about Portugal wins the 2018 European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards.
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Warning: This story contains details that may disturb some readers. A high-profile New York lawyer has died after setting himself on fire in a protest against fossil fuels. David Buckel, 60, doused himself in fossil fuels in Brooklyn's Prospect Park before setting himself ablaze. In emails sent to numerous news outlets prior to his death, Mr Buckel said he had lived a life of "privilege", and had to "balance the harm caused" by his use of fossil fuels by ending his own life. "Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result - my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves," he wrote. "If one does not leave behind a world better for having lived in it, all that remains are selfish ends, sometimes wrapped in family or nation." Ending oil and gas extraction - what scientists think Uncertain future for fossil fuel … [Read more...] about Top lawyer burns to death in anti-fossil fuel protest
The two counties are still disputing their current transit contract, after a Stockholm arbitration court ruling in February failed to resolve it. REUTERS Russia and Ukraine's ongoing gas dispute shows how urgently the EU must improve its energy resilience by cutting fossil fuel imports, EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said Thursday. The EU's main challenge is in natural gas, as 76% of the EU's gas imports came from just Norway and Russia in 2016, Canete told an energy conference in Brussels, according to Platts. He said Russia would remain a key energy supplier for the EU in the short term. "What is important is to ensure that Russian energy supplies into Europe are subject to competitive pressures from the existence of other suppliers able to compete anywhere across our market," Canete said. "This will ensure that the continued role of Russia as one of our main energy providers does not come at the expense of our energy security and resilience, nor does it lead to … [Read more...] about Russia-Ukraine natural gas spat makes cutting EU fossil fuel use urgent: European Commission
By April 10, 2018, 6:13 PM EDT For all the buzz around wind, solar and electric cars, energy company executives had plenty to say Tuesday about the continuing role of fossil fuels and nuclear power at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit.Mining mogul Bob Murray offered a passionate defense of coal, asserting that we’d all “die in the dark” without it. Ethan Zindler, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst, supplied the counter argument, saying U.S. coal-plant economics simply don’t work anymore. Here’s what executives from BP Plc to Tellurian Inc. said about the future of fossil fuels in a world pushing to fight climate change.BP: Oil Post-ParisBP Chief Financial Officer Brian Gilvary sees oil and gas playing key roles -- even as most nations strive to cut greenhouse gases that cause global warming. “A lot of people think that what was agreed to in Paris was all about a race to renewables,” Gilvary said. … [Read more...] about Coal Dead? Peak Oil Demand? Five Takes on Fossil Fuels’ Future
Oil giant Shell was aware of the consequences of climate change, and the role fossil fuels were playing in it, as far back as 1988, documents unearthed by a Dutch news organisation have revealed. They include a calculation that the oil company’s products alone were responsible for 4 per cent of total global carbon emissions in 1984. They also predict that changes to sea levels and weather would be “larger than any that have occurred over the last 12,000 years”. Read more ‘Missing’ nitrogen discovery could revolutionise climate science Washington's cherry blossoms bloom later this year Fiji’s existence threatened by ‘frightening new era’ of climate change Warm water rapidly melting Antarctica from below due to climate change As a result, the documents foresee impacts on living standards, food supplies and other major social, political and economic consequences. In The Greenhouse Effect, a 1988 internal report by Shell scientists, … [Read more...] about Shell predicted dangers of climate change in 1980s and knew fossil fuel industry was responsible