Syriana Comes to Town

February 27, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The George Clooney movie, Syriana opens in cinemas across Europe this week. Some oil campaigners believe that any film that tries to portray the deep-rooted web of connections between oil companies and politicians is a worthwhile exercise. Others think that it is conspiratorial nonsense. So what did the Financial Times energy correspondent, Carola Hoyos think … Read More

World Glaciers in Crisis

February 27, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

More grim news from the American Advancement of Science annual meeting. According to scientists, the world’s glaciers are in crisis, from Greeenland, Patagonia, Tibet to Africa and Antarctica. They are all melting rapidly. The amount of ice the Greenland ice sheet is loosing has doubled over the last five years. “Fifteen years ago, we thought … Read More

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