'Alternative' energy and less energy

Brian Melley
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Feb. 1, 2024

LONDON (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke defiantly about her mission outside court Thursday on the first day of her trial for refusing to leave a protest that blocked the entrance to a major oil and gas industry conference in London last year.

Daria Shapovalova
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain  - Norway Coast

Jan. 31,2024

Norway's district court in Oslo recently made a decision on fossil fuels that deserves the attention of every person concerned about climate change.

This ruling, which compels energy firms to account for the industry's entire carbon footprint, could change the way oil and gas licenses are awarded in Norway—and inspire similar legal challenges to fossil fuel production in other countries.

Marc Lopatin
HSBC building

Feb. 1, 2024

Last month, global bank HSBC was accused of duping the public for helping to raise £37 billion for companies investing in new oil and gas fields. It shines an urgent light on why meaningful climate action remains largely illusionary.

Kohei Saito

Essay by Kohei Saito, [This introdution by] A Socialist In Canada, Jan 19, 2024  (This essay by the Japanese scholar, researcher and author Kohei Saito was first published in Unherd on January 9, 2024. Saito has just published a new book: Slow Down: The degrowth manifesto (W&N, Orion Publishing Group).

Marc Fawcett-Atkinson
A shadowy group with links to Canada's natural gas lobby is running online ads attacking Canadian municipalities' efforts to ban natural gas infrastructure. Illustration by Ata Ojani/National Observer

Jan. 15, 2024

A shadowy new organization attacking the climate efforts of Canadian cities is infiltrating Google searches and ads in the New York Times and other publications online.

The group — Voice for Energy — bills itself as a platform for Canadians to "speak up" against municipalities implementing measures to reduce or ban natural gas to "protect" people’s so-called "energy choice."

Harriet Barber in Jujuy, Argentina
A man carries the Wiphala flag – which represents the native peoples of the Andes – at the protest camp in Purmamarca, Jujuy province. The demonstrators, many of them from the Indigenous community, are angry about changes made to the state constitution, and the growth of mining. Photograph: John Owens

Jan. 11, 2024

In the country’s ‘lithium triangle’ activists say Indigenous land protections have been removed and protests against mining violently repressed

The first time, they came at 2am and without a warrant. Rosa* was alone. She was gagged, her eyes covered, and her hands bound with a cable tie.

“I was paralysed. I felt someone choking me,” Rosa recalls. “They called me a socialist, a whore. I was in my underwear; they touched me. One put his fingers inside of me.”

Jeremiah Budin
Massive new $11 billion project could revolutionize US power grid: ‘What’s amazing … is the speed of deployment’

Jan. 15, 2024

The American Southwest is about to get a lot more clean energy. California-based developer Pattern Energy just closed on $11 billion of non-recourse financing to construct a massive wind and transmission project across New Mexico and Arizona, as Electrek reported.

Kai Nagata
Okanagan solar

Jan. 9, 2024

Major pipelines over budget, cancelled or facing fierce opposition

Just three days before Christmas, British Columbians received a surprise gift: a pipeline rejection. The BC Utilities Commission denied the application by FortisBC to build a $327 million gas pipeline in the fast-growing south Okanagan.


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