Energy


Slow Death in Siberia

17 May 2018 Anne Harris reports on how the UK's coal dependency is devastating the lives of indigenous Shor people.

Where’s the “eco” in ecomodernism?

4 April 2018 A techno-green future of limitless abundance sounds great, writes Aaron Vansintjan, but it's totally unsustainable.

Exposing the economic lies behind the fracking hype

21 March 2018 Fracking isn't just bad for the environment - it's a Ponzi scheme poised for economic disaster, writes Anna Baum

Osborne’s first day at work – activists to pulp Evening Standards for renewable energy

2 May 2017 This isn’t just a stunt. A new worker’s cooperative is set to employ people on a real living wage in a recycling scheme that is heavily trolling George Osborne. Jenny Nelson writes

Mum’s Colombian mine protest comes to London

9 January 2017 Anne Harris reports on one woman’s fight against a multinational coal giant

Lighting the way

12 April 2016 Archie Davies writes about new campaign Switched On London and the growing movement for energy democracy

From Russia to Colombia, the villages destroyed by Britain’s coal addiction

29 February 2016 Anne Harris reports on the people being made homeless because of mining to feed the UK's coal-fired power stations

Ken Saro-Wiwa and the power of resistance

25 October 2015 On the 20th anniversary of Saro-Wiwa’s murder, Nigerian activist Ken Henshaw describes how his struggle put justice at the centre of environmentalism

The fight against tar sands is about more than the environment

25 October 2015 Indigenous rights defender Eriel Deranger explains how the struggle against tar sands mining is about protecting her people’s rights and culture

How the next generation is challenging big oil

20 September 2015 Lindsay Alderton explains why a group of children staged a protest intervention against BP

The Corbynomics of energy

11 September 2015 Behind the media smokescreen, how green is Jeremy Corbyn? Alan Simpson digs deeper into Corbyn's energy policies

Campaigners say ‘End subsidies for polluting biomass now’ as DECC publishes biomass carbon calculator

14 August 2014 Almuth Ernsting of Biofuelwatch unpicks the latest government report on Biofuels. The report that has been welcomed by environmental NGOs and the biomass industry alike, both sides claim it vindicates their position.

Summer event: the Spark

15 May 2014 A week of workshops, films, discussions, poetry, music, art and more, looking at the fight for social justice in the UK and around the world to take place in June

Cold-home casualties

19 January 2014 An end to fuel poverty is affordable and achievable, but the opportunity is being lost in the continuing clamour for cuts, writes Alan Simpson

Justice not jumpers

19 January 2014 As more and more people face a choice between eating or heating this winter, it’s high time the ‘big six’ energy companies begin to feel the heat, says Ewa Jasiewicz

Open source energy

19 October 2013 Open source technology could play an important role in the shift towards energy democracy. Some pioneers are already leading the way, reports Kim Bryan

After Balcombe: Where next for the anti-fracking movement?

26 September 2013 Charlotte Wilson looks to the future of the fight against the frackers

Azerbaijan: The pipeline that would fuel a dictator

16 September 2013 Emma Hughes reports from Azerbaijan, where autocratic leader Ilham Aliyev is using the country’s fossil fuel wealth to fund his repressive regime and buy Europe’s silence

Editorial: All power to the community

7 September 2013 Our current energy system is an exercise not just in destroying our common environment but in entrenching existing inequality, writes James O'Nions

Reclaim the power! A call to action against energy austerity

10 August 2013 The corporate oligopoly that controls the electricity sector is sidelining renewables and pushing up energy prices, writes Aneaka Kellay

Renewable energy co-ops: the power to transform

24 March 2013 Pascoe Sabido looks at the growing global popularity of community-owned and controlled renewable energy

Fueling an oily future

24 November 2011 Art activists Platform look at BP's sponsorship of the Olympics

South Africa: Power to the people

20 September 2011 Bobby Peek tells how the struggle for environmental rights is intertwined with the one over access to energy

Nuclear power? It’s still no thanks

27 September 2010 Nuclear is no green alternative, writes Oscar Reyes

An indigenous Rubicon

31 August 2009 While climate jargon-fuelled meetings like the recent Bonn talks happen at the global level, examples of local resistance remind us what dealing with climate change is really about. The indigenous peoples' struggle in Peru against the colonisation of their lands by polluting industries is one such example, writes Joanna Cabello

Shell to Sea

18 December 2008 Andy Bowman examines the global links and networks being built by Irish anti-Shell activists

Agrofuels: are we winning?

14 October 2008 With mounting evidence of environmental damage and grave social consequences, making fuel from plants no longer seems such a good idea. But is the widespread criticism of agrofuels forcing policy changes? Oscar Reyes investigates

The green goldrush

4 August 2008 It is a long time since activists spray painted ‘We are winning’ on a wall at the Seattle meeting of the World Trade Organisation in December 1999. Movements for global justice have had little to celebrate since then. Will things be any different for the ‘carbon movement’ that is emerging around the Climate Camp – […]

The end of the world as we know it

4 August 2008 As fuel prices rocket, a new world energy order is emerging. It will bring with it a fierce international competition for dwindling stocks of oil, natural gas, coal and uranium, and also an epochal shift in power and wealth from energy-deficit states such as the US, Japan and the newly-industrialising China to energy-surplus states such as Russia, Venezuela and the oil producers of the Middle East. Michael Klare examines the likely consequences of the growing competition for the soon-to-be diminishing supply of energy

Occupation without troops

1 November 2007 The US and UK governments, the IMF and oil corporations are behind Iraq's proposed Hydrocarbon Law, which would effectively privatise Iraqi oil. Becca Fisher investigates

Agro-fooling ourselves

4 October 2007 EU and US targets and subsidies are fuelling a growing demand for 'agrofuels'. Far from being a sustainable energy source, the increased cultivation of crops for fuel threatens the world's poor with starvation, damages biodiversity and even contributes to global warming, argues Oscar Reyes

The sting in the bio-buzz

1 March 2007 The EU’s new targets for biofuel use will result in the destruction of forests and livelihoods in the global South without a clear environmental gain, writes Jutta Kill

Fissile fantasies

1 June 2006 The nuclear industry has always had something of the absurd about it. Efforts to recover its lost glory by painting itself green is just the latest example of this.

(Micro)power for the people

1 September 2005 It's been described as the environmental equivalent of "the leap from the steam engine to the diesel locomotive". Melanie Jarman considers whether a shift to micropower generation is the solution to climate change

Why planting trees for carbon guilt doesn’t add up

1 March 2005 Dirty, dangerous and financially unviable, nuclear power could never help in the battle to forestall climate change

Back to the post-oil future

1 February 2005 The imminent demise of the global petroleum industry will necessarily entail a complete redesign of industrial societies.

Energy independence and the American dream

1 October 2004 Both Kerry and Bush recognise the need for alternatives to fossil fuels. Yet neither show any desire to address the US's bulimic consumption patterns.

The end of the oil age

1 May 2004 Fossil fuel companies are about to become industrial dinosaurs. Efforts to postpone their extinction would only accelerate the overheating of the planet.

The Devil’s tears

1 May 2004 In Azerbaijan, oil is known as the Devil's tears - a curse for the desperately poor Azeris and a blessing for their autocratic rulers. Satan cried a lot in this former Soviet satellite state on the west coast of the Caspian Sea. His tears were mostly shed offshore.