Canada Back-Tracks on Climate Commitments

May 17, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

As the first stage of new talks on the Kyoto agreement got under way in Bonn yesterday it emerged that one of the key countries – Canada – is willing to comply with its Kyoto commitments only if its emissions targets are lowered in phase two of the agreement.

Yes Men Hit Halliburton

May 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

On a lighter note. At the end of last week, the Yes Men, a group of activists known for their stunts against corporate executives, targetted Halliburton, the global oil services company. Pretending to be Halliburton executives they gave a presentation at a trade conference in Florida advocating the use of “SurvivaBall”, a large inflatable suit … Read More

Africa: Facing Greatest Catastrophe in History

May 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A second analysis in two days outlines how climate change will cause “the greatest catastrophe in human history” in Africa. Yesterday, Christian Aid predicted that 182 million will die because of climate change by the end of the century. Now evidence submitted to the official report that is being prepared for Tony Blair and Gordon … Read More

Europe’s Emission Trading Scheme in Trouble

May 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Europe’s flagship emissions trading scheme is suffering from a credibility crisis after it has emerged that many of the pollution limits have been far too lax. Critics argue that the limits need to be drastically improved or the scheme will do nothing to tackle climate change. They say governments have given industry “permission to pollute”.

Coral Reefs Listed as Endangered Due to Climate Change

May 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Bush Administration has admitted that climate change is killing coral reefs and therefore, under US law, it is obliged to take action to reduce pollution killing the reefs. This month, the US National Marine Fisheries Service ruled that two species of coral – elkhorn and staghorn – must officially be registered as threatened under … Read More

Arctic Melt-Down

May 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Record amounts of the Arctic ocean failed to freeze during the recent winter, new satellite figures show. This spells disaster for wildlife and strengthens concerns that the region is locked into a destructive cycle of irreversible climate change. Satellite measurements show the area covered by Arctic winter sea ice reached an all-time low in March, … Read More

182 Million Could Die in Africa Due to Climate Change

May 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A staggering 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century, argues development group, Christian Aid in a new report. Efforts to to secure meaningful and sustainable development in poor countries will be “nullified” by global warming, Christian Aid argues. So all those … Read More

I Love Expensive Gasoline

May 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

OK, I don’t really love expensive gasoline. A better title would be “I Hate Cheap Gasoline.” Illogical? Perhaps, but not compared to the hysterical and incoherent reaction of some of my fellow Americans, both politicians and average citizens, to $3 per gallon gas.