Anti-fracking protesters have adopted the tactics of animal rights extremists by targeting employees and suppliers of shale gas companies, business groups have claimed. They are calling for the police to protect Lancashire businesses, several of which have been blockaded and whose staff have been subjected to intimidation because they delivered materials to Cuadrilla’s fracking site near Blackpool. One business leader said that some protesters had been noting down vehicle number plates and he feared they would try to obtain his address from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
Times 21st March 2017 read more »
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned oil and gas companies that failing to adapt to the lower carbon energy agenda could lead to over a trillion dollars worth of assets being abandoned by 2050. The IEA estimates that a step-change in climate policy away from fossil fuels and towards cleaner sources of energy would leave a total of $1 trillion of oil assets and $300bn in natural gas assets stranded. The report, undertaken in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency, said the move to reduce global greenhouse gases could hold “significant consequences for the energy industry” if companies fail to adapt their portfolios in the wake of the Paris Agreement.
Telegraph 20th March 2017 read more »
The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016, published on Tuesday, reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise. Global warming is largely being driven by emissions from human activities, but a strong El Nino – a natural climate cycle – added to the heat in 2016. The El Nino is now waning, but the extremes continue to be seen, with temperature records tumbling in the US in February and polar heatwaves pushing ice cover to new lows.
Guardian 21st March 2017 read more »