Here's a tip for anyone looking to do public relations for forest-destroying companies. The correct way to respond to a simple question about how much forest you're clearing is not to ask the journalist to stop filming.
Of all the shoulders to cry on, it might seem strange to pick the German Chancellor’s. But that’s what the German car association (VDA) did this week when its president Matthias Wissman wrote to her to moan that long-term targets for cleaner cars could strangle the car industry. He asked her to take a strong position against the regulations which are currently being debated in Brussels.
“I know that everything I say sounds like utter fucking bullshit,”
a top Cuadrilla PR executive told me yesterday when I asked him about the risks fracking poses to the sleepy Sussex village of Balcombe.
An Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) swims in the open blue ocean of the Pacific.
When I heard it was World Turtle Day,
I hatched a plan. I know that to an international audience ‘turtle’ covers a multitude of reptile species, but rather
than getting all Queens’ English-y over what is a tortoise, a terrapin or a
turtle, I thought this was a good
opportunity to focus in on the seven amazing species that roam our oceans – the sea turtles.
Today is International Day for Biological Diversity. An opportunity to celebrate and wonder at the amazingly diverse variety of species we share the planet with. This year it has a water theme, so we’ve been having some fun over on Twitter, and here’s our pick of the weirdest and most wondrous watery wildlife you definitely need to know about.
The Arctic Sunrise and the Esperanza intercept Cairn Energy's controversial Arctic rig
Drilling for oil in the Arctic – is it literally
crazy? Because it is driving some of the biggest companies in the world
to exhibit what can only be described as irrational behaviour. The end of
easily accessible oil from conventional sources is leading international oil
companies (IOCs) to consider ever more extreme forms of oil and gas extraction
– with the Arctic Ocean being among the last frontiers.
While considering how to write a blog on the latest
developments on Europe’s bumpy road to fisheries reform, I decided to take a
step back in time. Eleven
months ago I wrote this blog explaining where the discussions were at, what
was still on the table, and outlining a number of areas of concern.
Hand over of 'I Love Arctic' photo-books to two Permanent Participants of Arctic Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic Council.
The air was abuzz this morning in Kiruna. As delegates and
press were mingling in the breakfast hall, Foreign Ministers were entering
their policed motorcades and a group of Greenpeace volunteers was making final
preparations to greet the decision makers with banners and signs along the
road. But in the midst of all this, we were honoured with a quiet yet very
Question: What do you think is the main reason for the increases in consumer gas and electricity prices over the last 12 months?
Polling conducted for Carbon Brief shows that the public primarily
blame profiteering by energy companies for recent increases in energy bills. Only
7% of those polled blamed ‘green’ taxes, despite a concerted campaign by
certain newspapers to persuade them this was the culprit.