How Shell Used a ‘Granfluencer’ to Promote its Brand

A “granfluencer” known as “our Filipino grandma” is among an army of US-based influencers being used by fossil fuel giants to promote major polluters to younger audiences, DeSmog can reveal.  TikTok star Nora Capistrano Sangalang – known as “Mama Nora” or “Lola” – is best known for posting videos of her family and her insistence […]

Revealed: Petrochemical Exec and Major Conservative Donor Has Russian Business Link

The Conservative Party received a £2 million donation in March from a petrochemicals executive whose business interests include a Russian textiles plant, DeSmog can reveal. Amit Lohia, dubbed the “Prince of Polyester” by Forbes, made the donation on 29 March – the second largest amount handed to the party so far this year. The Indian-born […]

MPs Gifted £4,200 Tennis Tickets by Oil Giant BP

BP donated tennis tickets worth a total of more than £4,200 to a government minister and two MPs, parliamentary records reveal.  The oil and gas supermajor, which recorded bumper profits of £22 billion last year, gifted Wimbledon tickets to Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) Westminster leader Stephen Flynn, and Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy […]

Office for Students Chair Condemned for Role With Oilfield Firm

The chair of the Office for Students (OfS), Conservative peer Lord Wharton, has been urged to “immediately” cut ties with a major oilfield inspection company. Lord Wharton is a consultant for OES Oilfield Services, which describes itself as “one of the world’s leading oilfield inspection companies”. He was also formerly an adviser to Consumer Choice […]

Flagship UN Food Systems Summit Accused of ‘Selling the Corporate and Industrial Project’

Indigenous peoples, smallholder farmers and academics have claimed that a UN summit focused on the future of agriculture helped to entrench corporate control over the global food system. The UN’s Food Systems Summit “Stocktaking Moment” (“FSS+2”), held last week, came as countries look to slash agriculture’s climate footprint in the runup to the COP28 summit […]

Voters Support ULEZ-Style Policies, Finds New Poll

Voters back schemes that charge road users for driving highly polluting vehicles, according to a new poll from Omnisis for DeSmog.  A higher proportion of voters (44 percent) support ULEZ-style schemes than don’t (36 percent), according to the polling. People who intend to vote Conservative at the next election support charges on more polluting vehicles […]