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The Soup Saga of Just Stop Oil and Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is not the only artwork that has faced the consequences of climate change this year. Earlier this year the Mona Lisa had custard splattered over her, with her vandal proclaiming that there was not enough focus on “the planet”. These instances demand that focus be taken away from artwork and driven […]

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Just Stop Oil – Radical, disrepectful protests get the job done

The question of what makes an effective protest and what is simply detracting from the message has been raised again by two by Just Stop Oil supporters. They climbed up onto the Queen Elizabeth II bridge on Monday morning, subsequently closing it for a two day occupation. This caused around 6 miles of congestion and […]

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Fracking to remain banned in Scotland

Scotland’s policy on fracking will not change, despite the ban being lifted in England. The UK government formally lifted the moratorium on shale gas production last week. This is part of a larger package of policies intended to increase domestic energy production, according to a statement from Business and Energy Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg. Prime Minister […]

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Eco-friendly or illusion: the dangers of greenwashing

The environmental crisis poses an existential threat to human life on this planet. Yet in our hyper-consumerist society, the cycles of capitalism don’t sleep. As people try to make their lifestyles greener, companies are adapting to our society’s demand for eco-friendly products. But this presents a paradox to large-scale product-based companies. Those who are commercial […]

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Is the North Sea’s final decade of use as an oil and gas resource?

In the wake of the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014, remain voters indulged in the sweet I-told-you-so once the price of Brent Crude began to plummet. The North Sea was thought to have provided Scotland with an instrument of economic sovereignty, but with oil prices falling by a delta of over 50 per cent, a […]

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Despite rising living costs, price of oil remains affordable

Oil prices are at their lowest point since the 90s, having dropped to $26.21 a barrel in February. This contrasts with a decade of relative stability in oil prices, with an average cost of $100 per barrel, before the global oil market fell sharply by 70 per cent in June 2014. On the ground, gasoline […]