The 5 Gigatonne Gap

November 24, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

The mood may be different this year, but the message is the same. The time to act is now. If we are to keep global temperatures to below a 2 degrees Celsius rise, nations have to implement the pledges made in Copenhagen and much, much more. According to a new report compiled by the UN … Read More

A Small Window of Opportunity At Cancun

November 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It has been adundently clear that since the Midterms, any small lingering hopes of a domestic push on climate legislation are dead in the water. As the Washington Post argued recently: “This is what the 2010 midterm elections will change about U.S. climate policy: Cap-and-trade was dead. Now it will be deader.” And the political … Read More

Anti-Wind Study Linked to Climate Sceptics

March 25, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Ask any oil executive where our future energy will come from and they will reply that the answer lies in “the mix”: arguing we need oil, gas, renewables and probably nuclear. The oil industry argues that its days as the predominant provider of energy are not yet over, despite climate change and peak oil. But … Read More

IPCC: Watch out for the Sceptics and Lobbyists

January 5, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

It is one of the ironies of the climate change debate that the greater the urgency for action on climate change, the louder the voices urging for inaction. There were thousands of corporate lobbyists at Copenhagen trying to undermine effective action. It would also be a foolish person who denied that the sceptics managed to … Read More

A New Year and a New Hope?

January 4, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

After the severe disappointment of the Copenhagen Summit, when a watered-down wet blanket of a deal was signed, recriminations have flown far and fast with both China and the US being signalled out for blame. Depending on who you talk to, either country is the villain behind the Summit’s failure. “Contrary to countless reports, the … Read More

It’s looking like a COP Out

December 18, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

So Obama has finally arrived and is heading for a plenary meeting. There will be many twists and turns before the end of the day – with talks of deals being on and deals being off, but if this conference is to succeed Obama holds the key. But many do not seem that optimistic. Fredrik … Read More

Three Days to Secure a FAB Deal

December 16, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Slowly but surely the politicians are arriving in Copenhagen for the last few days of talks. As they sound the bell of urgency, the talks remained stalled. Yesterday Yvo de Boer, the head of negotiations, admitted things are moving “too slowly”. That’s diplomatic speak for at the moment things are a complete disaster. With more … Read More

Its Business As Usual for Exxon

December 15, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Don’t you just love it? As some 45,000 people – from governments, to business to NGOs talk about climate change and how to tackle it, the oil boys just get on with business, regardless of any outcome. Exxon has just made the largest play in the energy market for four years, and no – its … Read More