Ben Webster

Ben Webster works on investigations for openDemocracy into climate, environment and biodiversity issues. Ben spent 24 years at The Times, 11 of them as environment editor.

British Airways plane

UK airlines’ new ‘sustainable’ fuels may be causing deforestation in Asia

The “greenwashing” efforts of UK airlines may be contributing to the destruction of rainforests in Asia, openDemocracy can reveal.

May 16, 2023

Drax power station

‘Carbon capture’ subsidy could let power station keep polluting atmosphere

The owner of Britain’s biggest power station could receive billions of pounds in green subsidies for a flagship ‘carbon capture’ project even if much of the carbon ends up being released into the atmosphere, openDemocracy can reveal.

November 2, 2022


Transport experts have seen the future, and it’s got pedals

The right to travel when and where we please will be eroded over the next 50 years as the shortage of cheap oil and environmental concerns force us to lead more local lives, according to a government report.

January 27, 2006

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