Phoebe Cooke

About

Phoebe is DeSmog’s Senior Reporter. She joined the organisation in 2020 to investigate forest-based carbon offsets, and now focuses on investigating false solutions to the climate crisis, including hydrogen, bioenergy and liquefied natural gas, across the UK and Europe.

She trained as a local news journalist in Essex and East London. Her work has since appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Prospect and The Sun Online, as well as German titles Deutsche Welle and Klimareporter.

Phoebe is NCTJ-accredited, and holds a degree in German from Oxford University, and a Master’s in global environmental politics and policy from Birkbeck.

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Rishi Sunak appears to have sided with anti-green MPs as officials are left confused over how the UK will achieve its legal commitment to net zero.

Rishi Sunak appears to have sided with anti-green MPs as officials are left confused over how the UK will achieve its legal commitment to net zero.
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‘Prince of Polyester’ Amit Lohia gave £2 million to Rishi Sunak’s party earlier this year.

‘Prince of Polyester’ Amit Lohia gave £2 million to Rishi Sunak’s party earlier this year.
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The fossil fuel company hosted politicians at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.

The fossil fuel company hosted politicians at Wimbledon for the second year in a row.
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The key individuals and organisations that have seized on anti-ULEZ sentiments to launch an attack on the government’s green policies.

The key individuals and organisations that have seized on anti-ULEZ sentiments to launch an attack on the government’s green policies.
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The Northern Research Group has been accused of a ‘clear conflict of interest’ in accepting sponsorship from firms that are major beneficiaries of government spending.

The Northern Research Group has been accused of a ‘clear conflict of interest’ in accepting sponsorship from firms that are major beneficiaries of government spending.
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Gas-linked companies' attack on electric heating confuses consumers and leaves UK trailing behind Europe, say experts

Gas-linked companies' attack on electric heating confuses consumers and leaves UK trailing behind Europe, say experts
Series: Gas Lock-in
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The country’s largest CO2 emitter has ‘crossed a line’ in its local PR efforts, critics say.

The country’s largest CO2 emitter has ‘crossed a line’ in its local PR efforts, critics say.
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Data shared with DeSmog shows that only one in ten proposals have committed to using climate-friendly green hydrogen.

Data shared with DeSmog shows that only one in ten proposals have committed to using climate-friendly green hydrogen.
Series: Gas Lock-in
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Warnings the gas will serve as “false solution” to prolong the lifespan of fossil fuel incumbents were brushed aside by executives in Berlin, DeSmog observed.

Warnings the gas will serve as “false solution” to prolong the lifespan of fossil fuel incumbents were brushed aside by executives in Berlin, DeSmog observed.
Series: Gas Lock-in
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The Conservative Party has been accused of helping its ‘friends and donors’ while promoting a ‘false solution’ to climate change

The Conservative Party has been accused of helping its ‘friends and donors’ while promoting a ‘false solution’ to climate change