Explosions and Other Oil Tragedies in Iraq

August 29, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

I’m haunted by the scene described in today’s Reuters article about an explosion at an oil pipeline in Diwaniya, Iraq. It seems that a pool of oil had formed around leaks in a disused pipeline and local people had waded into the pool to siphon off petrol when suddenly the oil exploded into flames. At … Read More

A Year on From Katrina…

August 29, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A year after Katrina wrecked New Orleans, President Bush is touring the still devastated area. As his administration continues to receive a storm of abuse over its handling of the aftermath, a different storm is raging within the world’s scientific community. Are hurricanes becoming more vicious or more frequent?

South American Cities At Risk As Glaciers Melt

August 29, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

New research has found that Andean glaciers are melting so fast that some are expected to disappear within 15-25 years, denying major cities water supplies and putting populations and food supplies at risk in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia. Some glaciers in Colombia are now less than 20% of the mass recorded … Read More

Oil Industry “Hushing up” Corrosion Crisis

August 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The oil industry is “hushing up” the extent to which corrosion is eating into pipelines and hitting production, according to an influential oil industry consultant who is also the head of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry. Richard Pike, who spent 25 years working for BP before becoming a consultant, argues that some of the … Read More

BC Coast Under Threat from Oil and Gas Development

August 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Once again the threat of oil and gas development looms over British Colombia’s wild and beautiful Pacific coast. For over thirty years there have been both provincial and federal moratoria in place to protect the coast from oil and gas development. But now the BC government is intensively lobbying the federal government to lift their … Read More

Climate Change Causes Spring to Arrive Early

August 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A Europe-wide study has provided “conclusive proof” that climate change is responsible for spring arriving earlier each year. Scientists from 17 countries have reviewed 125,000 reports involving 561 species. They have concluded that spring is beginning six to eight days earlier than 30 years ago.

Sweden Attacks Baltic Gas Pipeline

August 24, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Sweden’s Prime Minister, Goran Persson, has attacked an ambitious project to build a 750-mile gas pipeline beneath the Baltic Sea as a potential ecological disaster. Despite his comments the £3.4bn pipeline project –called the North European Gas Pipeline or NEPG – is going ahead.