The Angry Mermaid Strikes Back

November 16, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

All the news reports this morning are that a deal at Copenhagen is dead. Barack Obama has said that we had run out of time to secure a deal in December. This will please the corporate lobbyists no end.  The longer they can delay action on climate the better. But now Copenhagen’s iconic mermaid is … Read More

UK Outlines Flawed “Low Carbon Transition Plan”

July 16, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

After twelve years in power the British Labour government yesterday outlined what it has deemed a “low carbon transition plan”. Coopting language from the growing Transition Town movement is a crafty tactic by the British government that is promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 with 80% cut by 2050. Let’s get … Read More

Carbon Offsetting is “Fundamentally Flawed”

June 2, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

As the pressure for an international deal grows in Copenhagen, one of the corner-stones of any solution will be carbon offsetting, where rich, polluting countries supposedly offset their rising emissions by investing in  “clean” projects in developing countries. Off-setting will be high on the agenda at the next round of climate talks in Bonn this … Read More

UK Watchdog Warns About Carbon Trading

April 1, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

The fast-growing market in carbon dioxide emissions poses risks that could threaten other commodities markets, the British Financial Services Authority has warned. The watchdog said problems including investors being sold unsuitable products, confusion over the regulation of emissions traders, and insufficient official data created risks to both the fledgling global emissions markets and to related … Read More

Carbon Offsets: “a heightened potential for deception”

January 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

The US Federal Trade Commission, which regulates advertising in the US, is investigating America’s burgeoning carbon offset market and whether it is subject to greenwashing and misleading advertising. Companies and shoppers in the US spent over $54 million last year on offset credits toward tree planting, wind farms, solar plants and other projects. As more … Read More

Bali: Hot Air and Hypocrisy ..

December 13, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Great analysis on the Bali conference from Charles Clover, the environment correspondent from the UK right-wing Telegraph, which we reprint in full: “As an exhibition of hypocrisy, the UN climate change conference in Bali takes some beating. The Indonesian President Yudhoyono is there, playing delegates the video of a song he wrote about saving the … Read More