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Guardian Environment Blog 12 May 2009

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John VidalPosted by John Vidal Tuesday 12 May 2009 

Shell Eco-marathon: the Sun ends bid to put the Guardian in the shade

The Sun disputes rights to cover Shell’s 2009 Eco-marathon

The Sun and the Guardian do not share much, but they have always had a strange fascination for each other’s journalism. So, on finding that the Guardian might be covering Shell’s annual Eco-marathon – the event where students compete to design build, and test vehicles that can travel roughly 3,000 km (1,864 miles) per litre of fuel – last weekend, the Currant Bun bizarrely threw its toys out of the pram. Presumably needing several days to compose a thoughtful tract on the nexus of issues around climate change, transport and the need for fuel efficiency, it demanded that the Guardian publish no news of the results before today. At first, Shell agreed. Finally, realising that it would be hard to keep the results from 100 other reporters, it relented. So if you want to read the Sun report, go to today’s paper at

Shell’s gas flaring still a burning issue

What Shell did not tell the journalists at its Eco-marathon: according to a report by the independent Niger Delta Stakeholder Democracy Network, the company is illegally flaring 256m cubic feet of natural gas a day – which, apart from polluting the surroundings, adds considerably toclimate change, and is one of the most wasteful practices on earth. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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