October 24, 2013 - 10:00
Welcome to our mini-series of exposés, looking behind the greenwash to reveal the dirty underbelly of the climate criminals asked to sponsor this winter's UN climate talks in Poland, COP19. First up: the world's largest steel and mining company, with emissions greater than the whole of the Czech Republic, ArcelorMittal.
October 17, 2013 - 04:39
Next month's UN climate talks in Warsaw, aka COP19, will be remembered as 'the Corporate COP'. While the international climate negotiations have become progressively more oriented towards the needs of big business – and less around the needs of the climate – this year it has reached new heights, in particular the 'pre-COP' organised by Poland's Minister for Environment Marcin Korolec: dirty industry were invited to precook the negotiations before it has even begun. What's more worrying is that Korolec and the UN want to make such blatant corporate capture a permanent fixture at all talks.
October 11, 2013 - 10:00
The Polish government is hosting this November's UN climate talks, COP19. 192 countries will discus how we can stop the world heading towards catastrophic climate change in an equitable and just way. However, on its increasingly-controversial official COP19 website, the Polish government has given a prominent platform to climate deniers.
October 10, 2013 - 16:15
On Tuesday a very peculiar blog appeared on the COP19 website: a new post entitled 'Northwest Passage – the Remake'. The blog claims that melting Arctic sea ice caused by climate change is in fact an opportunity to drill for more oil.
October 10, 2013 - 07:05
At Corporate Europe Observatory, we've been receiving a lot of questions recently about the current review of the EU's lobby transparency register, from NGOs, students and journalists: do we know how it is going, what are our expectations? It's hardly surprising that there are questions: the review process so far has happened with virtually no transparency. The ALTER-EU coalition and Transparency International have repeatedly argued that a process which is aimed at boosting transparency should be transparent itself, but so far with no result.
October 4, 2013 - 11:45
Large corporations and their lobby groups are trying to prevent governments from endorsing effective climate action and instead promoting false solutions like dirty coal and carbon markets. We need your donations, however big or small, to help us sound the alarm in the run-up to and during Warsaw conference through our investigative work.
October 4, 2013 - 09:15
As the warm-up climate talks in Warsaw end, the message from the Polish government is clear: big companies get privileged access to negotiators, but NGOs are excluded.
September 16, 2013 - 17:36
Food crops used to fuel cars are pushing up food prices and displacing production to elsewhere, with serious social and environmental consequences; yet fierce lobbying by the agrofuels industry is diluting and undermining any action taken, as the European Parliament's disappointing recent vote on the topic demonstrated.
September 16, 2013 - 14:47
Today, as governments meet in Geneva to negotiate a proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), Corporate Europe Observatory, together with 340 other organizations representing hundreds of millions of people from nearly every country, called on governments to abandon the talks. Among the endorsers were 42 major international and regional networks, such as Public Services International (PSI), UNI Global Union, the European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU), the IndustriALL Global Union, the International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF) and the European Attac network.
August 22, 2012 - 14:00
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