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Who has the longest nose of them all? Pinocchio from Tony Wolf Pinocchio and other tales 1990. Photo: janwillemsen via Flickr.

Long noses: Shell, GDF Suez, Samsung sweep Pinocchio Awards

Oliver Tickell

19th November 2014

Who has the longest nose of them all? Worthy winners of France's fiercely contested 'Prix Pinocchio' 2014 were selected last night, recognising corporate greed, hypocrisy and malfeasance, based on a record vote since the awards began. more...
Photo: Frack Free Denton.

Denton, Texas hit with lawsuits after landslide fracking victory

Julie Dermansky

11th November 2014

Denton's 59-41 vote to ban fracking has got right up the nose of the state's fossil fuel elite, writes Julie Dermansky. The Texas city has already been hit with two lawsuits - but it's going to fight them all the way, with a $4 million legal fund ready and waiting. more...
Texaco's signature, written in oil, at Lago Agrio in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo: Julien Gomba via Flickr.

Latin American progressives and environmental duplicity

Daniel Macmillen

26th October 2014

Left wing governments across the Americas are faced with a dilemma, writes Daniel Macmillen - high social spending programs financed by income from destructive mining and hydrocarbon extraction - or a slower but sustainable development path that puts ecology, equity and justice first. Their answer - a constant pushing back of the resource frontier. more...
Flaring the Bakken shale with cows, North Dakota. Photo: Sarah Christianson / Earthworks via Flickr.

NASA confirms US's 2,500-square-mile methane cloud

Mike G / DeSmogBlog

18th October 2014

Floating over the US Southwest is a cloud of methane the size of Delaware, writes Mike G - reflecting the release of almost 600,000 tonnes of the powerful greenhouse gas every year. Its origins? Coalbed gas production, fracking and horizontal drilling. more...
Infrastructure for shale gas in Scio, Ohio, Photo: Bilfinger SE via Flickr.

Global fracking boom could mean 12% higher emissions

Erik Bichard

17th October 2014

A full-scale rush for shale gas would increase emissions, writes Erik Bichard, giving the lie to politicians' claims that fracking is 'climate friendly'. A new study in Nature shows that abundant shale gas would cause CO2 emissions to rise by a median 4.5%. When 'fugitive' methane is included the figure rises to 9.5%. more...
Marcellus Shale rig and gas well operation on Ridge Road in Jackson Township, Butler County, PA operated by Rex Energy. Photo: WCN 24/7 via Flickr.

Skin, respiratory symptoms increase near gas wells

The Ecologist

25th September 2014

A health study in Pennsylvania, USA, shows that people living near fracking and other natural gas wells are more likely to suffer from skin conditions and upper respiratory symptoms. It calls for further study of the associations, including the role of specific air and water exposures. more...
Flaring the Bakken shale with cows, North Dakota. Photo: Sarah Christianson / Earthworks via Flickr.

US shale oil drillers flaring and venting billions of dollars in natural gas

Sharon Kelly / DesmogBlog

20th September 2014

Gas flaring of natural at shale oil wells is carried out on such a scale in North Dakota and Texas that 'phantom cities' show up at night in satellite photos, writes Sharon Kelly. Billions of dollars worth of gas are going up in smoke, adding to CO2 emissions - but far worse for the climate is when the gas is 'vented'. Regulators are doing too little, too late. more...
Could his loss be Israel's gain? A destroyed house in Gaza and its distraught owner, 22nd July 2014. Photo: Mohammed Al Baba / Oxfam International via Flickr.

Gaza - is annexation Israel's 'permanent solution'?

Oliver Tickell

31st July 2014

As Israel pursues its war on Gaza with ever-increasing ferocity, and with 25% of Gaza's people forced from their homes, what's the final objective? It's unthinkable that Israel's aim is to 'cleanse' the territory of its people, seize its vast gas reserves, and annex some of the Med's hottest real estate. Isn't it? more...
Under the new guidance, even Stonehenge could by destroyed by fracking if it would 'achieve substantial public benefits that outweigh that harm or loss.'

Fracking go-ahead on UK's National Parks, World Heritage Sites, nature reserves

Oliver Tickell

28th July 2014

The UK has just opened a bidding round for fracking licences. But the rules contain only weak protections against fracking in National Parks and AONBs - and none at all for even the most important wildlife sites and drinking water aquifers. more...
Homeless in Gaza after Operation Cast Lead, 2009. Photo: Physicians for Human Rights via Flickr.

Gaza should be the Kuwait of the Levant - but its gas brings only war and poverty

Tascha Shahriari-Parsa

19th July 2014

Operation Protective Edge is the war of a colonial state dedicated to expanding its theft of Palestine's natural resources, writes Tascha Shahriari-Parsa - incarcerating and bombing its people in the world's biggest open air prison, while growing rich at their expense. more...
Israeli tanks massing on the Gaza border ... but do the soldiers know what they're really fighting for? Photo: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi via Flickr.

Gaza: Israel's $4 billion gas grab

Nafeez Ahmed

18th July 2014

Never mind the 'war on terror' rhetoric, writes Nafeez Ahmed. The purpose of Israel's escalating assault on Gaza is to control the Territory's 1.4 trillion cubic feet of gas - and so keep Palestine poor and weak, gain massive export revenues, and avert its own domestic energy crisis. more...
An endangered Red ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata ruber) in Madagascar. Photo: Ronald McGuire via Flickr.com.

Saving Madagascar's lemurs

Ian Colquhoun

25th March 2014

'Brand lemur' could draw much needed ecotourism spending to Madagascar, writes Ian Colquhoun - benefiting local communities, and providing the funds needed to save lemurs from the very real threat of extinction. more...

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There's gas under those waves ... Photo: inventati.org/liberapalestina/

Natural gas field discovered on Gaza's coast

Middle East Monitor

1st March 2014

The besieged Palestinian territory of Gaza now enjoys the prospect of energy independence - a huge gain as fuel supplies to Gaza have restricted by Israel and Egypt. The big question - will Israel allow the gas field's development? more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Peru: Amazon tribes sacrificed to gas project

Oliver Tickell

27th January 2014

Peru has approved the highly controversial expansion of the Camisea gas project onto the land of isolated Amazon tribes - who will be put at risk of a massive death toll or extinction from introduced diseases. more...
Nanti people on river bank. Photo: © Anonymous / Survival.

Gas company: Amazon tribes vulnerable to 'massive deaths'

David Hill

20th January 2014

Amazon tribes in Peru's rainforest are at risk of 'massive deaths' from new diseases to which they lack immunity, gas company Pluspetrol admits - as it tries to expand its Camisea gas project into a Reserve for isolated indigenous people. more...
Yagua Indians in the Peruvian Amazon. Photo: chany crystal via Flickr.com.

Peru - gas expansion in Amazon 'indigenous reserve'

David Hill for The Guardian

14th January 2014

Peru is to expand its Camisea gas project although it threatens uncontacted Amazon tribes with extinction, reports David Hill. The decision also ignores UN pleas to stop the operations. more...

UK fracking industry's PR offensive 'becoming more canny'

Andrew Wasley

9th December 2013

Documents reveal Celtique Energie has been privately touting 'dedicated fracking' to investors for Sussex oil and gas drilling - while publicly describing fracking plans as 'hypothetical'. Andrew Wasley reports.
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Village anti-fracking protest. Photo: Jim Wickens / EFU.

Transylvania revolts: Farmers against fracking

Jim Wickens

27th November 2013

The unspoilt pastoral landscape of Transylvania is the latest battlefield in the war against aggressive fossil energy extraction. Jim Wickens reports on the farming communities fighting back against multinational energy companies. more...
A black-backed jackal leaning over to drink from a waterhole in the Kalahari Desert. Photo: Villiers Steyn / shutterstock.com.

The great Kalahari frack attack

Jeff Barbee and Mira Dutschke in Nata, Botswana, David Smith in Johannesburg

18th November 2013

Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari, one of the world's most precious wildlife reserves, to commercial fracking while ignoring the concerns of environmentalists and communities who could lose access to scarce water. more...

Arctic 30: Greenpeace turns on Shell

The Ecologist

13th November 2013

As the detention of Greenpeace's 'Arctic 30' by Russian security services approaches its second month, a shift of campaign tactics is taking place. Now Shell, Gazprom's partner in developing oil and gas on the Arctic Shelf, is in the firing line. more...

Greenhouse gases alone are causing unprecedented Arctic warming

October 29th, 2013

A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that human influence alone is responsible for warming in the Arctic. more...

National Trust "open" to fracking on its land

Oliver Tickell

24th October 2013

"We all have yet to see what the surface environmental impact of fracking is and when we have seen it, then we would reach a view about it." more...
350.org fossil fuel campaign

Fossil fuel divestment campaign for Europe

26 October 2013

Hoda Baraka

"Fossil fuel backed stocks and bonds - which are based on long term revenues from fossil energy production - should be downgraded to junk status." more...

Oil giant Halliburton lined up as potential UK fracking partner

Andrew Wasley

5th October 2013

Deepwater Horizon disaster firm hold talks with company planning to drill for oil and gas in South Downs National Park. Andrew Wasley reports
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Fracking poses risk to UK farm animals and food safety, experts warn

Andrew Wasley

17th September 2013

US researchers behind a study that showed links between gas drilling and sickness in livestock say a moratorium should be imposed on fracking in the UK until its impact on food safety can be assessed. Andrew Wasley reports more...

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