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

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

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

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

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

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