Leaked: UK £7 billion export credit for fossil fuel industry violates ‘clean energy’ pledge

Between 2011 and 2016 the UK’s export finance agency UKEF provided £109m to underwrite exports of equipment to coal mines in Russia, writes Lawrence Carter – despite the agency’s commitment not to support ‘investment in dirty fossil-fuel energy production’. And that’s just a fraction of the £6.9 billion UKEF has lavished on the corrupt, polluting sector since 2000, while it was meant to be backing the clean energy technologies of the future.
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The Ecologist

Challenging the delusion of cheap, safe shale gas extraction

The UK government’s insistence of pursuing fracking is based on a flawed and utterly misinformed vision of our future, write Alex Russell and Peter Strachan. Rather than delivering the prosperity they promise, large scale fracking would cause massive pollution of air and water, undermine vital export industries, and leave us with an irretrievably damaged economy and natural environment.
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The Ecologist

Namibia, Zimbabwe fail to get U.N. permission to export ivory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Namibia and Zimbabwe failed on Monday to convince a U.N. body on Monday that they should be allowed to export ivory – something they had argued would protect rather than further endanger Africa’s elephants.


Reuters: Environment

Australia risks organic export growth as it struggles to coexist with GMO

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A landmark GMO contamination ruling in Australia could possibly usher in lower organic farming standards, ending the country’s world-leading premium niche and threaten organic exports in an industry set to double in size by 2018.


Reuters: Environment