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ExxonMobil Gave 15 Top UK Universities More Than £2.36m | DeSmog UK

By Kyla Mandel • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 00:01

ExxonMobil has invested more than £2.36 million in 15 top UK universities over the last five years, figures show.

The University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and Oxford University are the top three recipients of Exxon’s fossil fuel funding. According to data recently released by a Greenpeace investigation, Cambridge received £660,088 from the oil giant, while Imperial got £602,567, and £382,000 was given to Oxford.

This comes as the New York Attorney General announced an official investigation into ExxonMobil to “determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how those risks might hurt the oil business”.

Inquiry Impacts

DeSmog UK reached out for comment from all 15 universities. Only University College London (UCL), Leeds University, and Surrey University provided responses.

And for UCL at least, the investigation into Exxon’s climate denial has not gone unnoticed.

“In the context of any future ExxonMobil funding, we have noted the recently announced investigation by the New York Attorney General,” a spokesperson from UCL said.

“Research funding ethics consideration for any future projects would therefore take into account the findings of that – and any similar processes – as regards allegations of scientific, financial or other misconduct.”

…(read more).

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Alaska’s Last Oi


Published on Dec 9, 2014

The question of whether to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been an ongoing political controversy in the United States since 1977. The issue has been used by both Democrats and Republicans as a political device, especially through contentious election cycles, and has been the subject of much debate in the National media.

ANWR comprises 19,000,000 acres (77,000 km2) of the north Alaskan coast. The land is situated between the Beaufort Sea to the north, Brooks Range to the south, and Prudhoe Bay to the west. It is the largest protected wilderness in the United States and was created by Congress under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980.[4] Section 1002 of that act deferred a decision on the management of oil and gas exploration and development of 1,500,000 acres (6.1×109 m2) in the coastal plain, known as the “1002 area”. The controversy surrounds drilling for oil in this subsection of ANWR.

Much of the debate over whether to drill in the 1002 area of ANWR rests on the amount of economically recoverable oil, as it relates to world oil markets, weighed against the potential harm oil exploration might have upon the natural wildlife, in particular the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou.

Prudhoe Bay Oil Field is a large oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. It is the largest oil field in both the United States and in North America, covering 213,543 acres (86,418 ha) and originally containing approximately 25 billion barrels (4.0×109 m3) of oil.[1] The amount of recoverable oil in the field is more than double that of the next largest field in the United States, the East Texas oil field. The field is operated by BP; partners are ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips Alaska.

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The Climate Crocks Interview: Marc Morano at Heartland


Published on Jun 20, 2012

One of the first instantly recognizable faces I ran across at the recent Heartland Institute Denia Palooza conference in Chicago was Marc Morano, widely known as one of the most visible personalities on the climate denial circuit.
He was gracious enough to accept my offer to be interviewed, and I quizzed him on his practice of posting climate scientist’s emails on his blog.
The question is all the more relevant this week, as the University of East Anglia recently released some of the threatening emails received by scientist Phil Jones.


I contrasted Morano’s rationale with comments from Katharine Hayhoe, who I also interviewed recently at a conference in Ann Arbor, MI.

This interview is the second of two parts. Part one was posted on my blog at:

Esquire interview with Morano

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US B-52 bombers fly near disputed South China Sea islands – BBC News


  • 13 November 2015

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The B-52 bomber planes, seen here in a file picture, continued the mission despite warnings from the Chinese

South China Sea tensions

Two US B-52 bomber planes have flown near artificial islands built by China in disputed areas of the South China Sea, the Pentagon has said.

Their mission continued despite being warned by Chinese ground controllers.

The incident comes ahead of a visit by US President Barack Obama to a summit in Manila next week, which China’s President Xi Jinping will also attend.

China is locked in maritime territorial disputes with several neighbours in the South China Sea.

It claims a large swathe of the resource-rich area and has been aggressively reclaiming land and building facilities on reefs, which the US and others oppose.

The US has said it plans to demonstrate its freedom of navigation principle in the sea, which challenges what it deems to be “excessive claims” to the world’s oceans and airspace.

…(read more).

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South China Sea- B-52 Bomber Flew Near Chinese Islands Contacted by Ground Controllers- Pentagon

Cui Bono

Published on Nov 12, 2015

http://www.newsbharati.com/ South China Sea- 2 US B-52 Bomber Flew Near Chinese Islands Contacted by Ground Controllers- Pentagon
Two US B-52 strategic bombers flew near artificial Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea this week and were contacted by Chinese ground controllers but continued their mission undeterred, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The latest US patrol in the disputed South China Sea occurred in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit to the region next week to attend Asia-Pacific summits where he is expected the reassert Washington’s commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight in the area. China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion in global trade passes every year, and the United States has said it will continue conducting patrols to assure unimpeded passage. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims in the region.

In the latest mission, which occurred overnight on November 8-9, the bombers flew “in the area” of the Spratly Islands but did not come within the 12-nautical-mile zones that China claims as territory around islands it has built in the chain, said Commander Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman. “The B-52s were on a routine mission in the SCS (South China Sea),” taking off from and returning to Guam, Urban said.

Chinese ground controllers contacted the bombers but the aircraft continued their mission unabated, Urban said. “We conduct B-52 flights in international air space in that part of the world all the time,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told a news briefing earlier on Thursday.

In October, a US warship challenged territorial limits around one of China’s man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago with a so-called freedom-of-navigation patrol, the most significant US challenge yet to territorial limits China claims around its new islands. China reacted angrily to the patrol. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he did not know whether the South China Sea would be on the formal agenda at any of the three Asia summits that Obama will attend but added that it would be “on the minds and lips” of world leaders who gather there.

Obama’s first stop will be Manila for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit, where Chinese President Xi Jinping will also be present. The US president will then go to Kuala Lumpur for ASEAN and East Asia summits. “We are quite concerned about protecting freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce in the South China Sea,” Earnest told reporters. “And we’re going to continue to encourage all parties, big and small, to resolve their differences diplomatically and to not try to use their comparative size and strength to intimidate their neighbours.”

In an apparent show of US resolve, Obama will take part in what the White House described as “an event that showcases US maritime security assistance to the Philippines”. US officials did not elaborate. But in September, Navy Admiral Harry Harris, head of the US Pacific Command, visited the National Coast Watch Centre, a facility at the Philippines coast guard headquarters that Washington has helped Manila build to improve its ability to monitor developments in the South China Sea

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Migrant crisis: No EU-Africa grand bargain – BBC News

Katya Adler Europe editor

Surely some of the first rules of wooing are: if you’re going to do it, do it properly.

Don’t insult the object of your desire with promises you both know you can’t keep.

If you lack the cash for that magnificent bunch of fragrant roses, resist the temptation to brandish a fraying fake bouquet instead.

There has to be a better alternative, and you’re unlikely to get a positive response.

And as for trying to bully or force someone into partnership with you – a little tip: it’s unlikely to go down well.

In this respect, the EU makes a lousy suitor.

After reeling in panic and reacting in slow motion to the – to an extent predicted – dramatic surge this year in refugees and other migrants arriving, the EU is now trying a more comprehensive, strategic approach.

It includes an attempt to persuade (woo/push) the migrants’ countries of origin, or the transit countries, to:

  • stop them leaving in the first place
  • take them back, if they are deemed to be an economic migrant or failed asylum seeker.

Migration to Europe explained in graphics

Spanish method

The EU also plans to send cash and other aid “over there”, in the hope of dissuading more refugees and others from wanting to reach Europe, risking their lives.

…(read more).

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Rebels, Redcoats, and Revolutionary Maps

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G-20 Subsidizing Fossil Fuels By $452 Billion, Research Shows

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Doctors Without Borders Demands War Crime Probe For US Bombing of Afghan Hospital


Published on Nov 9, 2015

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to demand an independent war crimes probe of the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after releasing its own preliminary investigation. The U.S. airstrike on October 3 killed at least 30 people, including 13 staff members, 10 patients and seven unrecognizable victims yet to be identified. In a new report based on interviews with dozens of witnesses, MSF describes patients burning in their beds, medical staff who were decapitated and lost limbs, and staff members shot from the air while they fled the burning building. Doctors and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety in a different part of the compound. MSF says it provided the GPS coordinates to U.S. and Afghan officials weeks before and that the strikes continued for half an hour after U.S. and Afghan authorities were told the hospital was being bombed.

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TPP Worse than We Thought: From Big Pharma to Damaging Climate Policies


Published on Nov 6, 2015

The details are out on the the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and critics say the trade deal is worse than they feared. The TPP’s full text was released Thursday, weeks after the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations—a group representing 40 percent of the world’s economy—reached an agreement. Activists around the world have opposed the TPP, warning it will benefit corporations at the expense of health, the environment, free speech and labor rights. Congress now has 90 days to review the TPP before President Obama can ask for an up-or-down vote.

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