A new infographic reveals how fossil-fueled development bypasses African communities, but also illustrates the continent’s potential for a just transition. As Africa holds 39 percent of global renewable energy potential, governments and banks must shift their climate finance commitments towards a renewable just transition in Africa.
New Oil Change International research shows that only 20 countries, led overwhelmingly by the United States, are responsible for nearly 90 percent of the carbon-dioxide (CO2) pollution threatened by new oil and gas fields and fracking wells planned between 2023 and 2050. If this oil and gas expansion is allowed to proceed, it would lock in climate chaos and an unlivable future.
Analysis shows just 20 countries are responsible for nearly 90% of carbon dioxide pollution threatened by new oil and gas extraction projects between 2023 and 2050 — with top ‘climate hypocrites’ the United States, Canada, Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom accounting for a majority. If these 20 Planet Wreckers followed the call from UN Secretary General Guterres to stop new oil and gas fields and licensing, the equivalent to the lifetime carbon pollution of 1,100 new coal plants would be kept in the ground.
With this decision, the Norwegian Government locks-in decades of continued gas production in the Arctic. The fact that the Government has green-lighted new power lines over Sámi lands, while the human rights violations against the Sámi people are ongoing, is not only absurd, it’s a disgrace.
This briefing, titled, Norway’s Electrification of Melkøya Gas Plant: The Perfect Storm of Climate Injustice, reveals not only the project’s disastrous climate implications for the Norway and the Arctic, but also the human rights violations in the decades-long governmental oppression of the Indigenous Sámi people and their ancestral lands.
Two weeks before global leaders gather for the UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York, new analysis by Oil Change International shows that several major countries continue to pump $4.4 billion in public finance into international fossil fuel projects despite committing to end this support by the end of 2022.
This weekend, The People’s Action for an Oil-Free Lofoten, Vesterålen, and Senja, Folkeaksjonen, is closing the chapter on a successful decades’ long campaign to protect the area’s waters from oil drilling. The victory is a first step for Norway and other wealthy fossil fuel producers around the world that must lead in ending all new fossil fuel development and manage a decline of existing production.
Leading climate scientists are becoming increasingly alarmed at the daily extreme weather events circulating the globe – from extreme catastrophic flooding to raging wildfires, and unrelenting extreme heat domes.
It is clearer than ever that the climate crisis requires a rapid and managed phase-out of fossil fuel production. Reducing the wasteful practice of emitting methane into the atmosphere does not give the gas industry a pass. They need to clean up and wind down. And they need to start now.
150+ economists and experts call on Paris Summit leaders to redirect trillions in public money from fossil fuels, unfair debts, and the super rich to fix global crises