Biofuels Not the Answer

March 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 7 Comments

They may be in favour at the White House, but a new report attacks the concept of biofuels being the panacea for either climate change or energy security. Written by the British-based think tank Science in Society (ISIS), it says that Biofuels have gained prominence from politicians and environmentalists because they are “carbon neutral”, in … Read More

Britain Still Dirty Man of Europe

March 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The UK had nearly three times as many as its nearest rival: Poland has seven, the Czech Republic six, Spain five and Germany four. So much for Britain’s green and pleasant land. The UK had nearly three times as many as its nearest rival: Poland has seven, the Czech Republic six, Spain five and Germany … Read More

Two Contrasting Views on Africa

March 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Two contrasting views of Africa this week in the British press. On Wednesday The Financial Times published a “Special Report” on Africa’s oil and gas, giving it an upbeat assessment. Under the headline: “Continent all set to balance power” the paper reported how: “West Africa, with its copious reserves of natural gas, its sweet light … Read More

More Evidence of Antarctica Melting

March 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A new study in the journal Science has found that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast it is contributing to the rise in global sea levels.  The first ever satellite study of the continent’s ice inventory has revealed that Antarctica is releasing around 35 cubic miles of water into the sea each year, … Read More

Carbon Trading not the Answer to Climate Change

March 2, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

I always thought the one problem with carbon markets or pollution credits is that they allow companies to carry on polluting. They don’t actually fix the problem. Now the UK policy group, the Cornerhouse has published a briefing attacking carbon trading. It was also published by the think think, Foreign Policy in Focus. According to … Read More

Climate Chaos and Water Wars

February 28, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

On the day that Tony Blair hosts a crisis Downing Street summit to address what he calls “the major long-term threat facing our planet”, there is more bad news for the climate. The Guardian reports how “the Earth’s temperature could rise under the impact of global warming to levels far higher than previously predicted, according … Read More

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