BP says to Cancun: Invest in the tar sands

November 30, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Timing, as I have pointed out in this blog before, is everything. Day two of the Cancun climate summit and you would have thought that politicians and companies would be tripping over themselves to portray themselves as clean and green. But not BP. The oil giant is off-loading assets left, right and centre. Just days … Read More

World is Still Warming

November 26, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

According to a new report by one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change, the UK Met Office, the world has warmed more rapidly than previously thought over the past decade. The report also finds evidence that man-made climate change has grown even stronger over the last year. This means that this year is … Read More

The 5 Gigatonne Gap

November 24, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

The mood may be different this year, but the message is the same. The time to act is now. If we are to keep global temperatures to below a 2 degrees Celsius rise, nations have to implement the pledges made in Copenhagen and much, much more. According to a new report compiled by the UN … Read More

A Small Window of Opportunity At Cancun

November 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It has been adundently clear that since the Midterms, any small lingering hopes of a domestic push on climate legislation are dead in the water. As the Washington Post argued recently: “This is what the 2010 midterm elections will change about U.S. climate policy: Cap-and-trade was dead. Now it will be deader.” And the political … Read More

Time to Vote in the EU Worst Lobby Awards

November 19, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It’s that time of year again. Over in Europe, a coalition of NGOs is running the “Worst EU Lobbying Awards” and one of the categories for this year’s award is “climate”. There are three nominees for companies and organisations who are the worst offenders when it comes to undermining action on climate change. To vote … Read More

“Insufficient Consideration of Risk” on BP Rig

November 17, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

If the oil industry is about one thing and one thing only it is not really about oil, it is about risk. How a company manages the geological, technical, safety and financial risk of its daily decisions determines whether the company stays ahead of its cut-throat competitors. Oil just happens to be the commodity that … Read More

Spillcam Enters the Psyche

November 16, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

In another signal of the legacy of BP’s spill, it has emerged that “Spillcam” was one of the top words of 2010, reflecting the impact the spill had around the globe. Along with words such as “vuvuzela”and Sarah Palin’s “Refudiate” — a morph of refute and repudiate – Spillcam made the annual Global Language Monitor … Read More