A System of Secret Arbitration Tribunals Is Undercutting Climate Action Worldwide

Colorful photo of United Nations headquarters in New York City, taken in 2022

Investors in foreign development projects have “weaponized” a system of secretive tribunals, delaying progress on climate change and other environmental crises and having “enormous impacts on human rights,” according to a  new report by a United Nations expert. David R. Boyd, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, concludes in the report […]

Why California is Taking Big Oil to Court — and Why it Matters

“This is a historic moment,” Rob Bonta, California’s attorney general, told reporters on Sunday, as he stood alongside Gov. Gavin Newsom on the opening day of Climate Week NYC.  The pair of California leaders were there to discuss the lawsuit the state had recently filed against Big Oil on behalf of the people of California […]

A Guide to Six Greenwashing Terms Big Ag Is Bringing to COP28

Agriculture, which is responsible for over one third of the world’s emissions, will be under the spotlight at the upcoming COP28 global climate summit in Dubai. In the wake of blazing heat, rising food insecurity and devastating floods, COP28 leaders have released a four-point “food and agriculture” agenda for the conference, which will call for […]

Havas Wins Shell Advertising Contract, Drawing Fire from Climate Campaigners

Global communications group Havas has won a bidding war for Shell’s media account, drawing criticism from campaigners who accuse advertising agencies of shielding oil majors from pressure to slash emissions. Shell invited pitches for its advertising account, handled for the past 18 years by UK-based WPP, in June, prompting speculation in the creative industry over […]

In West Virginia, Plan to Clean up Radioactive Fracking Waste Ends in Monster Lawsuit

In rural West Virginia, largely hidden among steep hills, stands a $255 million facility designed to transform fracking waste into freshwater and food grade quality salts. Proponents hailed it as one of the most important environmental projects undertaken by the oil and gas industry in recent U.S. history. But local conservation groups and residents remained […]

WPP Has More Fossil Fuel Clients Than Any Other Advertising Company, Report Finds 

Global advertising and public relations company WPP has more contracts with fossil fuel clients than any of its rivals, despite the group’s pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2030, according to a report by campaign group Clean Creatives.  The UK-based company topped the annual ‘F-List’ documenting the creative and public relations industry’s work for […]

Tens of Thousands March to the UN, Declaring a Climate Emergency

Climate activists marched in New York City on Sunday to demand that world leaders curb new oil and gas drilling.  The March to End Fossil Fuels was the first major climate march since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It brought tens of thousands, young and old, from as far away as Alaska and the […]

California Joins States Suing Big Oil for Its Role in the Climate Crisis

The state of California has jumped into the ring in the fight to hold some of the world’s biggest fossil fuel producers accountable for their role in driving the worsening climate crisis. On Friday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against five oil and gas majors including ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips […]