Kingpins of denial

Barry White

Big Oil versus the World is the story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago but did their best to stop letting us know. In the first TV documentary shown (subtitled Denial) on BBC 2 at 9.00pm on 21 July, scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the world, Exxon, reveal the warnings they sounded in the 1970s and early 1980s about how fossil fuels would cause climate change – with the catastrophic effects we are now experiencing. In summary it reveals the lies oil lobbyist told to undercut democracy, to delaying and even stopping action against global warming. Just watch the early warnings given in the late 1980s and then see how the oil industry and their lobbyists fought back, supported by odious ‘specialists in denial’ and funded by a coalition (The Global Climate Coalition) including the oil companies!

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Report raises serious concerns about hydrogen

Scottish FOE/Barry White

A Scottish environmental campaign group has raised serious concerns about the Scottish governments use of hydrogen technologies after a new report exposed their inefficiencies, soaring costs and the threat posed to renewable energy supplies. The report, ‘Hydrogen’s role in Scotland’s climate journey’, commissioned by Friends of the Earth Scotland found that 98% of global hydrogen production is from fossil fuels, see:

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UN Stockholm conference calls for urgent action

Stockholm 3 June 2022

Hundreds of speakers attending Stockholm+50 have called for real commitment to urgently address global environmental concerns and for a just transition to sustainable economies that work for all people.

The two-day international meeting concluded (3 June) with a statement from co-hosts Sweden and Kenya, drawn from Member States and other participants through the meeting’s plenaries and leadership dialogues. The statement contains several recommendations for an actionable agenda, including, among others, placing human well-being at the centre of a healthy planet and prosperity for all; recognising and implementing the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment; adopting system wide changes in the way our current economic system works, and accelerate transformations of high impact sectors.

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Climate warming – ‘it’s now or never’ warns IPCC report

Barry White

Speaking on the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: ImpactsAdaptation and Vulnerability, UN secretary general António Guterres said some governments and businesses were “lying” in claiming to be on track for 1.5C. In the strongly worded statement, he warned: “Some government and business leaders are saying one thing – but doing another. Simply put, they are lying. And the results will be catastrophic.”

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