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Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was ‘cleanest fossil fuel’

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Flames flare up when excess flammable gases are released by pressure release valves during the drilling for oil and natural gas at a site in North Dakota, US. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Dutch advertising watchdog’s ruling prompts company to change line to ‘least polluting fossil fuel’ as campaigners welcome action over ‘misleading’ ad

August 14, 2017 — The Dutch advertising watchdog will on Tuesday censure Shell and Exxon for claiming that natural gas was “the cleanest of all fossil fuels” in an advert earlier this year. Continue reading Shell and Exxon face censure over claim gas was ‘cleanest fossil fuel’

Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California

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Houses hanging over a cliff in Pacifica, San Mateo County, California. Storms and powerful waves have been intensifying erosion in the area. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

As a trio of lawsuits claim compensation for sea rises resulting from fossil fuel emissions, campaigners say carbon majors must change their business models

July 26, 2017 — Three Californian communities have launched legal action against some of the world’s biggest oil, gas and coal companies, seeking compensation for the current and future costs Continue reading Exxon, Shell and other carbon producers sued for sea level rises in California

Climate changing at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age

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A family leaves their flooded home in Bangladesh. ‘In a crowded world subject to adverse shifts of climate, who would take care of such greenhouse refugees?’ says the film’s narrator. Photograph: Mufti Munir/AFP/Getty Images

Critics say public information film shows Shell ‘understood the threat was dire, potentially existential for civilisation, more than a quarter of a century ago’

February 28, 2017 — Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation”. That was the startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago. Continue reading Climate changing at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age

The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

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‘City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell warned that BP’s drilling plans represented a high risk to both the values and economy of the coastal community.’ Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Photograph: Sarah Hanson-Young

Locals on the coast of South Australia, where BP hopes to begin exploratory drilling, are nervous about the risks posed to the ocean and the threat to their livelihood

September 12, 2016 — You wouldn’t ride a roller coaster if you weren’t certain that all the bolts were sound. Yet, as reported in the Guardian on Monday, that’s just the risk being being taken with an oil-rig headed for the Great Australian Bight.  Continue reading The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Hydraulic connector flange/fasteners showing failures and first engaged threads. Since 2003 enormous bolts that secure offshore oil equipment to the seafloor, including potentially in the Great Australian Bight, have been snapping in half. Photograph: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement/United States Department of the Interior

MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators

September 11, 2016 — Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

Shell begins production at world’s deepest underwater oilfield

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The Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden, has insisted it should play a part in tackling global warming. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

First oil pumped from Stones field in Gulf of Mexico more than 1.8 miles beneath sea surface

September 11, 2016 — Royal Dutch Shell has started production at the world’s deepest underwater oil and gas field, 1.8 miles beneath the sea surface in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading Shell begins production at world’s deepest underwater oilfield

Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

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An armada of kayakers blocked the Newcastle harbour entrance while 70 people blocked a critical rail crossing preventing any coal from getting to the port for over six hours. In total 2,000 people took part in the action shutting down the world’s largest coal port for a day, preventing the shipment of almost 2 megatonnes of coal during the protest. Photograph: 350.org

A majority of voters are in support of more government action on climate change – and yet somehow it’s not an election issue. Let’s make it one

May 26, 2016 — The current dissonance between election campaign rhetoric and the facts of climate change is unfathomable, that is, until you dig a little deeper. Continue reading Democracy has been bought and we have to take it back to win on climate

Obama bans oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard

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The Transocean Polar Pioneer in April 2015 on its way to Alaska, where it was to drill for oil on behalf of Shell before the company scrapped the operation. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP
Environmental groups call president’s reversal an outsize victory after backlash from communities that fear Gulf of Mexico rig disaster could happen again

March 15, 2016 — The Obama administration abandoned its plan for oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters on Tuesday, after strong opposition from the Pentagon and coastal communities.

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