UAE Promotes Its State Oil Company at COP27

The United Arab Emirates has been criticised for promoting oil and gas as a clean source of energy, and for backing “false solutions” such as carbon capture technology, at the UN COP27 climate summit in Egypt, ahead of hosting the event next year.  The Gulf petrostate’s pavilion features displays touting its “decarbonisation efforts” and its […]

Big Ag Delegates More Than Double at COP27

The number of delegates representing big agribusiness has more than doubled at the UN climate talks since last year, leading to concerns from campaigners at access enjoyed by high-carbon companies attending the Egypt summit.  DeSmog counted the number of registered COP27 delegates who were either directly linked to the world’s largest agribusiness firms – such […]

COP27 Coverage

DeSmog is on the ground at the United Nations climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and will be bringing you news throughout the two-week conference.

Fossil Fuel-Linked Companies Dominate Sponsorship of COP27

Eighteen of the 20 companies sponsoring U.N. climate talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh either directly support or partner with oil and gas companies, according to a new analysis shared with DeSmog.  The findings underscore concerns over the role of the fossil fuel industry at the negotiations, known as COP27, which have become […]

New Tory Peer Ditches Embattled Truss-Allied Think Tank

Conservative donor Michael Hintze has resigned from the IEA – an influential free-market think tank criticised for inspiring Liz Truss’s ill-fated economic policies – days after joining the House of Lords. The Australian hedge fund manager, who has donated millions of pounds to the Conservative party over the years, resigned as a trustee of the […]

‘Back Off’: African Climate Groups Decry Europe’s Dash for Gas at COP27 

Waving giant euro banknotes splattered with the words “blood money”, African protesters at U.N. climate talks in Egypt demanded European governments halt a “dash” for the continent’s natural gas. German, Italian and other companies have been scouring Africa for alternatives to Russian supplies in the wake of the February invasion of Ukraine, raising fears that […]

Sanctioned Coal Barons Among Russia’s COP27 Delegates

Russia has sent dozens of executives from the country’s vast fossil fuel industry to COP27, including two sanctioned oligarchs with significant interests in coal. Oleg Deripaska, who has large stakes in multiple coal companies, and Andrey Melnichenko, who transferred ownership of Russia’s largest coal producer to his wife in March as sanctions were brought in, […]

How the Fossil Fuel Industry Buys Goodwill

From the world’s biggest soccer championship to soccer training for kids, from major universities to music festivals and art galleries — if you can name it, fossil fuel companies have probably sponsored it. TotalEnergies will sponsor the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. Aramco has partnered with Spain’s Laguna de El Hito Nature Reserve to conserve […]

U.S. Embrace of ‘Climate-Smart’ Agriculture at COP27 Faces Scrutiny

When climate talks in Egypt turn to the future of food on Saturday, the U.S. government will be on hand to champion a new coalition of feed, livestock and agrochemical companies as the vanguard of transformational change.  We can expect to hear a lot about how the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate, or AIM4C, will […]