Sakhalin Energy: “We Have No Impact on Whales”

July 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Here is Rich Cookson’s third blog from Sakhalin. “In early-morning off-the-record briefings, Sakhalin Energy’s (SE) employees – many of them from Shell – insist that the company is committed to protecting the island’s environment. They say, for instance, that the company has new scientific data which proves that its offshore activities have had no discernable … Read More

World Facing “Catastrophic” Loss of Species

July 20, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Nineteen leading scientists are warning today that the Earth is on the brink of a “major biodiversity crisis” fuelled by the destruction of habitats and climate change. The scientists estimate that 12 per cent of all birds, 23 per cent of mammals, a quarter of conifers, a third of amphibians and more than half of … Read More

Sakhalin – “No Guarantees” About Engangered Whales

July 19, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Here is Rich Cookson’s second blog from Sakhalin Island, off Russia’s east coast. Rich writes: “The Sakhalin Energy (SE) project, Sakhalin II, is the second of nine planned extraction projects around Sakhalin. Exxon holds a 30 per cent stake in Sakhalin I, an oil development on the northeastern Sakhalin Shelf. Affiliates of the Russian oil … Read More

The End of the Amazon

July 18, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

As if the UN Heritage Committee (see below) needed any further proof to act, British climate scientists are warning that the Amazon could disappear by the end of the Century because of climate change. New research from the world-renown Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, part of the Met Office, has shown how vulnerable … Read More

Ford: $2 Billion Investment to Develop “Green” Vehicles

July 17, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The troubled car giant Ford has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion on “green” technologies across its full range of vehicles, including Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Under the plans, its best-selling Ford Focus will be able to deliver 70 miles per gallon with vastly reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Lewis Booth, Ford’s … Read More

Greens Slam G8 on Nukes and Climate

July 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The G8’s Plan of Action on Global Energy Security is under fire from multiple directions, including Greenpeace, who argue the Plan will promote the proliferation of nuclear energy and weapons, the GRACE Policy Institute, who argue the Plan’s provisions for fuel efficiency and renewables don’t go far enough, and Oil Change International, who can’t understand … Read More

G8 Leaders Play Russian Roulette with Climate Chaos:

July 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

G8 Leaders released today a Communique and Plan of Action on Global Energy Security that will increase public support for the oil and fossil fuel industry and fuel global warming. The Plan, which emerges from the G8 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, seeks to “create”, “maintain”, “encourage”, “expand” and “develop” hydrocarbon production, processing and transportation … Read More