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Protests Increase in Italy Against “Europe’s DAPL” – April 7, 2017

Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline will stretch from the oilfileds of Azerbaijan through six countries to Italy

There is increasing outrage in Italy against what campaigners are calling “Europe’s DAPL,” with thousands of people taking to the streets to campaign against the 3,500 kilometer, $45 billion, Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline (ECMP).

photo of Trans Adriatic Pipeline projectphoto by Giovani Comunisti/e, FacebookThe Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline stretches from Azerbaijan to Italy. Local communities in Italy are outraged by the environmental damage caused by the pipeline.

The vast ECMP will stretch all the way from the polluted oilfields of Azerbaijan through six countries to Italy. In so doing it will transport gas to Europe, locking the continent into decades of fossil fuel use.


by: Andy Rowell

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Louisiana Floods: A “Classic Signal of Climate Change” – August 16, 2016

At least six people dead and 20,000 people rescued due to “historic” flooding event

Louisiana was under a state of emergency over the weekend with at least six people dead and 20,000 people rescued due to an “historic” flooding event affecting the state for the previous few days.

Flooded street in LouisianaPhoto courtesy of FEMAOn Sunday, the federal government declared a major disaster for Louisiana.

Although Louisiana bore the brunt, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas all saw heavy rainfall too.

One of the worst-affected areas is the Louisiana capital, Baton Rouge, with flash flooding affecting it over the weekend.

Some 10,000 people there spent last night in emergency shelters, with 100 roads closed due to flood waters… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Arctic Retreat – May 11, 2016

As Big Oil abandons the Arctic, pressure mounts on Obama to do more on climate change in the region

Sometimes it is hard to find good news on the climate. Take a quick look at a couple of today’s stories:

According to Australian researchers, five tiny Pacific islands, which are part of the Solomon islands, have completely disappeared due to rising sea levels, in what is being described as the “first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific.” Another six islands have had large swathes of land washed into the sea too.

photo of Arctic OceanPhoto by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The US Coast Guard Cutter Healey in the Beaufort Sea as part… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Talk of Climate Change and Renewables Will Likely be Sidelined at Oil Industry’s “Davos” – February 22, 2016

High Noon in Houston: Saudis and US shale industry face off on oil prices

The big beasts of the global oil industry will gather today at one of the most important events in their calendar – the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, which is often dubbed the Davos of the energy industry.

Although the strapline for the conference is “Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World” – the industry will be totally preoccupied with the low price rather than clean technology.

cowboys face offThe Saudis slashing of oil prices in 2014 has led to 40 US shale companies declaring bankruptcy since the beginning of last year.

“Once again we gather at a time of turbulence and uncertainty… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Will Tar Sands Oil Soon Be on the Way to Europe? – February 6, 2014

The US government has authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years

As political pressure mounts in the US to lift the country’s decades-old crude oil export ban, Reuters reported yesterday that the US government has recently authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years.

Tar Sands mine, AlbertaPhoto by Dru Oja Jay, DominionA study, published on Monday says emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants from the tar sands have been greatly underestimated.

According to data the news agency obtained via Freedom of Information requests, the Department of Commerce granted two licenses to export crude to the UK last year and another two to Italy.

The revelations immediately… more

by: Andy Rowell

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