Throwing good money after bad: Flood Wall Street protesters bring a giant ‘carbon bubble’ to investors’ doorsteps to make their point.Photo: Alex Pines

Big Oil's looming bubble

Investors are starting to wonder whether oil’s such a good bet, reveals Jeremy Leggett.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
Illustration: Steven Munday

A year of oil resistance

Around the world, local communities have been hitting the oil monster where it hurts.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
Leave the oil in the soil! Indigenous representatives from communities resisting oil extraction all over the world marched together at the front of the recent 400,000-strong New York climate march.Photo: Jenna Pope / Bold Nebraska

Ending the oil age

Change is coming. Jess Worth examines whether growing pressure for divestment and disruption can knock Big Oil off its perch.

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NI 477 - Big oil RIP? - November, 2014
Tar sands development threatens Madagascar’s astonishing limestone forests, like this one in Tsingy de Bemahara National Park.Ben Stansall/Alamy

A tsingular beauty

Kara Moses reports on plans to dig bitumen in Madagascar.

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NI 470 - Commodities - the pitfalls of resource wealth - March, 2014
The Suncor tar sands site near Fort McMurray, Alberta. The project has wiped out thousands of hectares of boreal forest and has left a scar on the land so large that it is visible in satellite photos.Milesy/Alamy

Sticky business

Canada has put all its eggs into one big basket full of tar sands. That’s a major mistake, argues Andrew Nikiforuk – for the country and the planet.

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NI 470 - Commodities - the pitfalls of resource wealth - March, 2014
Introducing... The Eight Great Greenwashers

Introducing... The Eight Great Greenwashers

Ahead of the Rio +20 Earth Summit, Danny Chivers exposes the canny, crafty and plain deceitful claims of corporations co-opting 'sustainability'

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NI 453 - Protection racket - June, 2012
The dirt on Teodoro Obiang James Akena/Reuters

The dirt on Teodoro Obiang

Time to take aim at the tyrannical President of Equatorial Guinea in this month's 'Worldbeater'.

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NI 451 - Adapt or die - April, 2012
A devastated landscape: Suncor
Canada’s oilsands upgrader facility on
the banks of the Athabasca River.Larry MacDougal/CP Photo

Putting the 'I' in ecocide

22 April is Earth Day. Should punishment be made to those personally responsible for destroying our planet?

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NI 451 - Adapt or die - April, 2012
Warning: drink at your peril! Tap water drawn from aquifers that have been contaminated by fracking is so full of toxic chemicals that it can be set alight.www.gaslandthemovie.com

Fracking the world

Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ – Big Oil’s newest way to extract natural gas from an exhausted planet – comes with a terrible environmental price tag. Joyce Nelson digs deeper.

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NI 442 - Climate change denial - May, 2011
President Correa passionately promoted the Yasuní initiative at the Cancún climate summit last December; but doubts remain about his commitment.Miguel Romero / Presidencia de la República del Ecuador

Oil or life? Ecuador’s stark choice

Esme McAvoy is in the Amazon to find out what’s happening to the Yasuní proposal.

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NI 441 - China - makers of the miracle - April, 2011
A syrup-covered globe sends a message to the White House and BP. Larry Downing / Reuters

That petrol emotion: BP's 'cleanup' of the Gulf of Mexico

Adam Ma’anit peers beyond the smoke and mirrors at BP’s ‘clean up’ of the Gulf of Mexico.

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NI 437 - Humans vs. Nature - November, 2010
Taking on Tarmageddon

Taking on Tarmageddon

The international campaign to shut down the tar sands is shaping up to be an iconic battle, reports Jess Worth.

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NI 431 - Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! - April, 2010
Canadian indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Muller (right) leads the tar sands protest through London’s Trafalgar Square with a traditional song. Lionel Lepine (left) carries the banner.Photo by *Mike Russell*.

Bloody oil

Canadian First Nations internationalize their struggle against the most destructive project on earth

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NI 427 - Terror takeover - November, 2009
Pouring oil on frozen waters: Prudhoe Bay, operated by BP, is by far the largest oilfield in the US. Sprawling across the North Slope, it currently produces about 400,000 barrels of oil a day, with an estimated 
2 billion still to exploit.Photo by: Bryan and Cherry Alexander Photography

Slick operators

Jess Worth meets two indigenous activists battling Big Oil's dirty tricks.

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NI 424 - Surviving change in the Arctic - July, 2009
Plastic plants

Plastic plants

As oil supplies dwindle, the plastic industry is pinning its hopes on biomass. Not a great idea, reasons Jim Thomas.

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NI 415 - Drowning in plastic - September, 2008
Photo by: yasunigreengold.org / Mia Andersson / Ali Supay

ACTION!

To save Yasuní, the oil must stay in the ground.

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NI 413 - Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil - July, 2008
A crude dilemma

A crude dilemma

Calm the panic or delay the inevitable?

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NI 413 - Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil - July, 2008

The Yasuní National Park oil blocks

The five oil concession regions in Yasuní National Park

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NI 413 - Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil - July, 2008
Photo: FABRÍCIO GUAMÁN

‘Speak to us first!’

People from the Ecuadorian rainforest tell Fabrício Guamán what they think of their Government’s proposal to leave petroleum in the ground.

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NI 413 - Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil - July, 2008

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Article title From magazine Publication date
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Big oil RIP? November, 2014
Commodities - the pitfalls of resource wealth March, 2014
Commodities - the pitfalls of resource wealth March, 2014
Where have all the girls gone? October, 2013
Protection racket June, 2012
Adapt or die April, 2012
Adapt or die April, 2012
Climate change denial May, 2011
China - makers of the miracle April, 2011
Humans vs. Nature November, 2010
Bloody oil - shut down the tar sands! April, 2010
Terror takeover November, 2009
Surviving change in the Arctic July, 2009
Drowning in plastic September, 2008
Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil July, 2008
Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil July, 2008
Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil July, 2008
Viva Yasuní! Life vs Big Oil July, 2008
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