Police Evict Anti-Shell Protestors in Ireland

October 5, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Police have clashed heavily with local campaigners fighting Shell’s plans to lay a pipeline in County Mayo in Ireland. The community had managed to block construction of the project for more than a year. But earlier this week about 170 police were deployed at dawn at the proposed pipeline terminal to remove the protesters who … Read More

Climate: The Time to Act is Now

October 5, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The world must act now to curb climate change, as doing nothing will cost more long-term. That was the message from the UK to the closed-door meeting in Mexico of representatives of 20 of the world’s most-polluting nations. Ministers from G8 nations are joined at the event by representatives from the emerging economies of China, … Read More

US Builds LNG Terminals for Imported Gas

October 5, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A quiet revolution is taking place in Louisiana, courtesy of company you have probably never heard of: Cheniere Energy. With help from Exxon Mobil and others, Cheniere are building three new liquefied natural gas terminals that will double America’s capacity to import natural gas by 2011.

Shell: Hypocrite of the Year

October 4, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Following on from the last blog – Shell has been an integral part of the conflict in Nigeria for nearly fifty years. It’s record of environmental pollution and complicity in human rights abuses is well documented. However the company continues to try and greenwash it activities. That is one reason why campaigners are highlighting the … Read More

More Nigerian Kidnaps

October 4, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The vortex of violence in the Niger Delta shows no sign of abating. The news agency, Reuters has reported how 20 Nigerian Shell contractors are missing after an attack. According to Reuters the men were abducted during a raid earlier this week on a convoy of boats supplying oilfields.

The Century of Drought

October 4, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

In one of the most dire predictions yet on climate change, Britain’s leading climate scientists believe that drought will threaten half the land surface of the Earth by the end of the century, affecting hundreds of millions of people Extreme drought, in which agriculture is in effect impossible, will affect about a third of the … Read More

Canada Urged Over Carbon Emissions

October 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Canada should move quickly to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the country’s commissioner for the environment and sustainable development has warned. “Our future is at stake,” said Johanne Gélinas. “I am more troubled than ever by the federal government’s longstanding failure to confront one of the greatest challenges of our time”.

Aviation Tax Would Hurt the Economy, Says BAA

October 3, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The owner of Heathrow airport, BAA, has said that a tax on the aviation industry would not have the desired effect on the environment but would cause inconvenience to many people by pricing them out of aeroplanes. Instead, Stephen Nelson, chief executive of Britain’s largest airport operator, said that a carbon emissions trading scheme was … Read More

Toxic Sludge Is Good For You

October 2, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

An horrific story in today’s New York Times about how a global oil company dumped up to 400 tons of toxic waste on the doorstep of some of the world’s poorest people in the Ivory Coast in order to save costs. So far eight people have died, dozens have been hospitalized and 85,000 have sought … Read More

Follow The Money

October 2, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Someone just forwarded a great newswire by Dow Jones that ran late last month, examining the issue of tax havens. For example did you know that the registered offices of the Shell Qatar multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids venture is not in Qatar at all, but Bermuda?