Australia’s big banks lent $3.6bn to fossil fuel expansion projects in 2023

Australia’s big four banks are in “complete violation” of commitments to the Paris climate accord by funding fossil fuel expansion even as their overall lending to the sector continues…Continue readingAustralia’s big banks lent $3.6bn to fossil fuel expansion projects in 2023

Climate activists have received months-long sentences. Are tougher laws eroding Australians’ right to protest?

Brad Homewood describes his first steps into a maximum security facility, where he spent the first three weeks of a two-month jail sentence, as intimidating. “You’re in there with…Continue readingClimate activists have received months-long sentences. Are tougher laws eroding Australians’ right to protest?

Blockade Australia plans more climate protests disrupting Newcastle trains, saying disobedience is the only option

A rolling series of protests has seen at least 26 people arrested – and more than 200 passenger trains cancelled – over a two-week period. Planned by Blockade Australia,…Continue readingBlockade Australia plans more climate protests disrupting Newcastle trains, saying disobedience is the only option

Gas, greens and brownouts: The energy war is boiling over

President Joe Biden’s signature climate law is nearly two years old, and the tug-of-war over its future is only getting more fierce. The Biden administration is facing election year…Continue readingGas, greens and brownouts: The energy war is boiling over

US slows plans to retire coal plants as power demand from AI surges

The staggering electricity demand needed to power next-generation technology is forcing the US to rely on yesterday’s fuel source: coal. Retirement dates for the country’s ageing coal fleet are…Continue readingUS slows plans to retire coal plants as power demand from AI surges

Banks have given almost $7tn to fossil fuel firms since Paris deal

Researchers for the banking on climate chaos report, now in its 15th edition, analysed the world’s top 60 banks’ underwriting and lending to more than 4,200 fossil fuel firms…Continue readingBanks have given almost $7tn to fossil fuel firms since Paris deal

Plastic-production emissions could triple

By the middle of the century, global emissions from plastic production could triple, an analysis has found. The stunning new estimates from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, published on Wednesday,…Continue readingPlastic-production emissions could triple

World’s coal power capacity rises despite climate warnings

A report by Global Energy Monitor found that coal power capacity grew by 2% last year, driven by an increase in new coal plants across China and a slowdown…Continue readingWorld’s coal power capacity rises despite climate warnings

Saudi Aramco CEO calls energy transition strategy a failure

Pointing to the still paltry share of renewable energy in global supply, the head of Saudi Aramco described the current energy transition strategy as a misguided failure. “In the…Continue readingSaudi Aramco CEO calls energy transition strategy a failure

Nations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk

The data supplied to the UNFCCC, and published on its website, are typically out of date, inconsistent, and incomplete. For most countries, “I would not put much value, if…Continue readingNations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk

Climate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

Climate activists in four countries are blocking access to North Sea oil infrastructure as part of a coordinated pan-European civil disobedience protest. Blockades have been taking place at oil…Continue readingClimate activists across Europe block access to North Sea oil infrastructure

German greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped by one-tenth last year as renewable energy grew in importance, the use of coal and gas diminished and economic pressures weighed on businesses and…Continue readingGerman greenhouse gas emissions dropped sharply last year

Viewpoint: What the Anthropocene’s critics overlook, and why it really should be a new geological epoch

Geologists on an international subcommission recently voted down a proposal to formally recognize that we have entered the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch representing the time when massive, unrelenting…Continue readingViewpoint: What the Anthropocene’s critics overlook, and why it really should be a new geological epoch

Methane emissions from energy sector rose in 2023: IEA

Planet-heating methane released by the fossil fuel industry rose to near record highs in 2023 despite technology available to curb this pollution at virtually no cost, the International Energy…Continue readingMethane emissions from energy sector rose in 2023: IEA

Oxford under fire for increasing fossil fuel investments

Oxford university has come under heavy criticism after its £6bn endowment fund increased its investment in fossil fuels just a few years after making a landmark commitment to divestment.  About £1…Continue readingOxford under fire for increasing fossil fuel investments

Tanya Plibersek urged to block ‘climate-wrecking’ Queensland coalmine that would raze koala habitat

The Queensland government approved the Vulcan South coalmine in the Bowen Basin earlier this month without requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS). But the project still needs approval from…Continue readingTanya Plibersek urged to block ‘climate-wrecking’ Queensland coalmine that would raze koala habitat

Coal use hits record in 2023, Earth’s hottest year

Global consumption of coal reached an all-time high in 2023, the IEA energy watchdog said Friday, as Earth experienced its hottest recorded year. The International Energy Agency reported that…Continue readingCoal use hits record in 2023, Earth’s hottest year

Failure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

The failure of COP28 to call for a phase-out of fossil fuels is “devastating” and “dangerous” given the urgent need for action to tackle the climate crisis, scientists have said. One…Continue readingFailure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists

Big oil welcomes COP28 call to move away from fossil fuels in ‘orderly’ way

Climate agreement may fail to result in falls in oil and gas production. The world’s largest oil producers have saluted the COP28 agreement’s focus on an “orderly” move away…Continue readingBig oil welcomes COP28 call to move away from fossil fuels in ‘orderly’ way

Australia is preparing to burn – more fossil fuels

Australia passed breakthrough climate laws in March this year, 10 months after a new centre-left Labor government under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took office. Even as the Albanese government…Continue readingAustralia is preparing to burn – more fossil fuels

Dubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Nearly 200 nations meeting in Dubai on Wednesday approved a first-ever call for the world to transition away from fossil fuels. The biggest-ever COP meeting hosted more than 88,000…Continue readingDubai summit adopts world-first ‘transition’ from fossil fuels

Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

The world is on track to have burned more coal, oil and gas in 2023 than it did in 2022, according to a report by the Global Carbon Project,…Continue readingGlobal carbon emissions from fossil fuels to hit record high

COP28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels

The president of COP28, Sultan Al Jaber, has claimed there is “no science” indicating that a phase-out of fossil fuels is needed to restrict global heating to 1.5˚C, the…Continue readingCOP28 president says there is ‘no science’ behind demands for phase-out of fossil fuels

‘A matter of survival’: India’s unstoppable need for air conditioners

The vast amount of electricity that India’s growing number of ACs will require presents a significant challenge. Already during peak summertime hours, ACs have accounted for 40% to 60%…Continue reading‘A matter of survival’: India’s unstoppable need for air conditioners

Air pollution behind over 250,000 deaths in Europe in 2021: agency

Fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, is a term for fine particulates that are typically the by-product of car exhausts or coal-fired power plants. Their tiny size enables them to…Continue readingAir pollution behind over 250,000 deaths in Europe in 2021: agency

Anglo American gets mining lease for Lake Lindsay coal mine expansion

UK-based mining company Anglo American has secured mining lease approval for the expansion of its Lake Lindsay coal mine in Australia. The mining lease for the coal mine expansion…Continue readingAnglo American gets mining lease for Lake Lindsay coal mine expansion

‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels

The world’s fossil fuel producers are planning expansions that would blow the planet’s carbon budget twice over, a UN report has found. Experts called the plans “insanity” which “throw…Continue reading‘Insanity’: petrostates planning huge expansion of fossil fuels

Growing environmental footprint of plastics driven by coal combustion

Plastics-related carbon footprints of China’s transportation, Indonesia’s electronics industry and India’s construction sector have increased more than 50-fold since 1995. In 2015, plastics caused 4.5% of global greenhouse gas…Continue readingGrowing environmental footprint of plastics driven by coal combustion

World Bank spent billions of dollars backing fossil fuels in 2022

Urgewald, a campaign group that tracks global fossil fuel finance, found that the World Bank supplied about $3.7bn (£2.95bn) in trade finance in 2022 that was likely to have…Continue readingWorld Bank spent billions of dollars backing fossil fuels in 2022

China continues coal spree despite climate goals

China is approving new coal power projects at the equivalent of two plants every week. In 2022 the government approved a record-breaking 106 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power…Continue readingChina continues coal spree despite climate goals

Fossil fuels being subsidised at rate of $13m a minute

Fossil fuels benefited from record subsidies of $13 million (£10.3m) a minute in 2022, according to the International Monetary Fund, despite being the primary cause of the climate crisis.…Continue readingFossil fuels being subsidised at rate of $13m a minute

Australian Pacific Coal secures $50m funding commitment to restart Dartbrook mine

Australian Pacific Coal has received a non-binding letter of intent from a major commodities trading firm, for up to $50m in debt funding to support the restart of Dartbrook…Continue readingAustralian Pacific Coal secures $50m funding commitment to restart Dartbrook mine

China is pumping out carbon emissions as if COVID never happened. That’s bad news for the climate crisis

Carbon emissions from China are growing faster now than before COVID-19 struck, data show, dashing hopes the pandemic may have put the world’s most polluting nation on a new…Continue readingChina is pumping out carbon emissions as if COVID never happened. That’s bad news for the climate crisis

Whitehaven coal wins legal battle for extension of Narrabri underground mine

Whitehaven in its statement said: “High-quality thermal coal has an important role to play in providing energy security during the decarbonisation transition.”Continue readingWhitehaven coal wins legal battle for extension of Narrabri underground mine

UN chief attacks oil and gas industry ‘planet wreckers’ over fossil fuel expansion

UN secretary-general António Guterres attacked oil and gas industry attempts to justify fossil fuel expansion with carbon capture technology as “proposals to become more efficient planet wreckers”, in a…Continue readingUN chief attacks oil and gas industry ‘planet wreckers’ over fossil fuel expansion

Vast fossil fuel and farming subsidies causing ‘environmental havoc’

Trillions of dollars of subsidies for fossil fuels, farming and fishing are causing “environmental havoc”, according to the World Bank, severely harming people and the planet. The “toxic” subsidies…Continue readingVast fossil fuel and farming subsidies causing ‘environmental havoc’

China ramps up coal power while pushing for renewables

Already, the Beijing office of Greenpeace is sounding the alarm. In the first three months of 2023, provincial governments in China approved more new coal-fired electricity generation than they…Continue readingChina ramps up coal power while pushing for renewables

‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read COP28 climate summit emails

The United Arab Emirates’ state oil company has been able to read emails to and from the COP28 climate summit office and was consulted on how to respond to…Continue reading‘Absolute scandal’: UAE state oil firm able to read COP28 climate summit emails

UK government under fire for investing overseas aid in fossil fuel firms

The UK government is under attack for investing taxpayers’ money in fossil fuel companies, a hospital in Kenya accused of imprisoning patients who couldn’t pay for treatment, and a…Continue readingUK government under fire for investing overseas aid in fossil fuel firms

Will fossil fuel phase-out make it onto the UN’s climate agenda?

United Nations climate chief says while the rapid end of burning coal, oil, and natural gas is urgently needed, the topic may not even reach crucial COP28 negotiations.Continue readingWill fossil fuel phase-out make it onto the UN’s climate agenda?

Humanity still investing in fossil fuels

About USD 2.8 trillion is set to be invested in energy globally in 2023, USD 1.7 trillion of which will go to clean technologies. The remaining roughly USD 1…Continue readingHumanity still investing in fossil fuels

G7 disappoints on climate progress without deadlines on gas and coal use

Climate experts criticised the G7 group of advanced economies for failing to commit to tougher action on fossil fuels after Germany and Japan prevailed on the continued use of…Continue readingG7 disappoints on climate progress without deadlines on gas and coal use

Albanese government approves first new coalmine since taking power

“The Albanese government has to make decisions in accordance with the facts and the national environment law – that’s what happens on every project, and that’s what’s happened here,”…Continue readingAlbanese government approves first new coalmine since taking power

The EPA tightens pollution standards for power plants, with a big loophole for coal and gas

The proposed mandate requires existing power plants to start limiting their carbon dioxide emissions in 2030, introducing restrictions that would become more stringent over time. Any new gas power…Continue readingThe EPA tightens pollution standards for power plants, with a big loophole for coal and gas

‘Smart mines’ show coal deeply embedded in China’s future

Huawei said the new methods had increased output per shift by almost a third. According to official figures, China had 4,400 coal mines at the end of 2022. But…Continue reading‘Smart mines’ show coal deeply embedded in China’s future

China approves coal power surge despite emissions pledge: Greenpeace

Local governments in energy-hungry Chinese provinces approved at least 20.45 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power in the first three months of 2023, Greenpeace said. That is more than double…Continue readingChina approves coal power surge despite emissions pledge: Greenpeace

Royal Bank of Canada becomes top financier for fossil fuel industry

An annual report on fossil fuel financing by a coalition of campaign groups organised by the Rainforest Action Network found that RBC extended $42.1bn in funding to fossil fuel…Continue readingRoyal Bank of Canada becomes top financier for fossil fuel industry

Carbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2022

Communities around the world emitted more carbon dioxide in 2022 than in any other year on records dating to 1900, a result of air travel rebounding from the pandemic…Continue readingCarbon dioxide emissions reached a record high in 2022

China ramps up coal plant approvals despite emissions pledge: report

A total of 106 GW of new coal power projects were approved in 2022—the equivalent of two large coal plants per week.Continue readingChina ramps up coal plant approvals despite emissions pledge: report

Faster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 3

Risks are cascading and underestimated, new climate extremes recorded, and the conclusion.Continue readingFaster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 3

Faster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 2

2°C degrees is not a point of system stability, we are heading towards 3°C or more, and system-level change and tipping points are happening faster than forecast.Continue readingFaster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 2

Faster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 1

Record emissions, the 1.5°C target, what about overshooting 1.5°C and cooling back to that level by 2100?, and the likelihood of achieving the 2°C target.Continue readingFaster, higher, hotter: What we learned about the climate system in 2022: Part 1

Banks still investing heavily in fossil fuels despite net zero pledges – study

Financial institutions signed up to GFANZ initiative accused of acting as ‘climate arsonists’.Continue readingBanks still investing heavily in fossil fuels despite net zero pledges – study

Fossil fuel interests revealed to have sponsored more than 500 Australian community organisations

Woodside Energy, Santos and BHP among companies who have sponsorship deals with Australian arts, sport, education and community organisationsContinue readingFossil fuel interests revealed to have sponsored more than 500 Australian community organisations

Wealthy nations offer Vietnam $15 billion-plus deal to shift from coal

Wealthy nations have offered Vietnam a $15.5 billion package to help pay for its move from coal to renewable energy, the latest in a total of $44 billion in…Continue readingWealthy nations offer Vietnam $15 billion-plus deal to shift from coal

First UK coal mine in 30 years gets government go-ahead

The first coal mine in Britain for 30 years has been given the go-ahead by the government. Michael Gove, the levelling-up secretary, granted approval for the mine in Whitehaven…Continue readingFirst UK coal mine in 30 years gets government go-ahead

Global carbon emissions at record levels with no signs of shrinking

The analysis, by the Global Carbon Project, calculates Earth’s “carbon budget“, which is how much CO₂ humans have released, and how much has been removed from the atmosphere by…Continue readingGlobal carbon emissions at record levels with no signs of shrinking

Coal projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments approved without environmental impact statements

At least 8 coalmining projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments and floodplains have been exempted from requiring environmental impact statements (EIS) by the Queensland government, with 6 already gaining…Continue readingCoal projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments approved without environmental impact statements

Update to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions on this site has been updated with newly published data from the Global Carbon Project.Continue readingUpdate to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Fossil fuel projects were stalled a year ago. Now they’re making a comeback.

The fossil fuel industry is experiencing a remarkable rebound, with sudden momentum behind more than 80 projects that range from coal-fired power plants to hulking gas export terminals, many…Continue readingFossil fuel projects were stalled a year ago. Now they’re making a comeback.