Over the Top in Northern Vermont

February 21, 2006By Mark FloegelBlog Post

It’s winter in Vermont, although it’s 40 degrees in Burlington, there’s no snow on the ground and my neighbor, Tom, is moping about the house. He has a new collapsible ice shanty, auger and tip-ups sitting in his basement unused, because the ice on Lake Champlain (what there is of it) is not thick enough … Read More

“Open Skies” Policy will Wreck Climate

February 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Britain and other EU countries worrried about climate change could lose thier ability to impose taxes or restrictions on airlines under a draft treaty between the EU and US which actually curtails the power of national governments. The treaty which is known as the “Open Skies” agreement, is meant to liberalise aviation. But it includes … Read More

A “1000 Year” Lethal Legacy

February 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

New shocking research on climate change has been published. The alarming research is not from a pressure group but published by Britain’s Environment Agency, and written by scientists from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change. The study, the first of its kind to examine climate change impacts beyond the end of this century, concluded that … Read More

Kyoto Response Been “A Failure”

February 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

More on Kyoto: The environment group, Friends of the Earth has said that Governments who signed up to the Protocol are failing to take the necessary action to ensure that emission targets are met. According to FoE, emissions data from countries who signed up to Kyoto reveal that many are still failing to bring carbon … Read More

Tell Shell to Stop Gas Flaring

February 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

For nearly fifty years Shell has been flaring gas in the Niger Delta in vast quantities. The practice is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions, and a major source of air, noise and light pollution for the people of the Niger Delta. It causes huge resentment amongst the communities who bear the brunt of … Read More

Happy Birthday Kyoto?

February 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Tomorrow is the first Anniversary of the UN Kyoto Protocol taking effect. A year on the Protocol is fundamentally weakened by the Bush Administration’s refusal to sign up to it. However some parts of the agreement are booming – especially carbon trading. Carbon dioxide is now one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, worth as much … Read More

Big Oil’s Valentine from US Congress

February 14, 2006By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

Whats the US Congress’ response to record profits and high gas prices? Why its royalty relief for the oil & gas industry, of course! According to this morning’s New York Times, “the government will give up more than $7 billion in payments between now and 2011. The companies are expected to get the largess, known … Read More

Tories Launch Energy Review

February 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Under their new leader David Cameron, the Conservatives could be about to radically alter thier energy policy, as their try and improve their “green” credentials. Launching a review of their energy policy today, the shadow Trade and Industry spokesperson, Alan Duncan, has indicated that the party are looking for a greater proportion of energy to … Read More

Chelsea Tractors Take Over London

February 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

To their admirers, they are the latest must-haves in status, style and chic. To their critics, they are dangerous, polluting and gas guzzling brutes. Known as Chelsea tractors they are urban 4X4s or SUVs. But the news that Londoners are the most likely people in the whole of the UK to buy 4X4s will come … Read More

That Sinking Feeling

February 10, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The British Environment Agency has calculated that over two million homes are at risk of being flooded, a situation that will get worse because of climate change. “The risk of flooding is ever present, and increasing”, says the Environment Agency (EA). Despite everyone knowing that climate change will make matters worse, developers are still trying … Read More