G8 Cooks Up a Good Political Fudge

July 9, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

First some good news: The G8 has agreed for the first time agreed that it must limit worldwide temperature rises to no more than 2C, the minimum rise to prevent irreversible climate change. The richest industrialised countries also agreed for the first time that they should collectively cut emissions by 80% by 2050, and that … Read More

Gore Invokes Spirit of Churchill to Fight Climate Change

July 8, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Many people working on climate change have long dismayed at the apathy on the issue expressed by leading politicians. They talk action but do nothing. With just months to go to the critical UN climate conference in December, Al Gore came to the UK yesterday and implored the world’s politicians to invoke the spirit of … 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

Climate Summit Inc.

May 22, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Probably the most important climate meeting in the run up to the main December Copenhagen conference is happening this weekend. No its not a scientific get-together, but its big business being given unprecedented access to the UN climate negotiations, in cohorts with the hosts of the December meeting, the Danish government.

199 Days to Stop Climate Disaster

May 21, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

With less than 200 days to go until the Copenhagen Climate talks, progress is said to be “steadily and slowly” being made. “There is a constructive atmosphere in the negotiations and I’m very encouraged,” Yvo de Boer, the head of the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change said last week. But the “slow and steady” … Read More

Stern: “High carbon growth kills itself”

March 30, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Lord Stern, the economist who is now a leading voice on climate change, is interviewed at length in The Guardian today. The paper exaggerates and simplifies Stern’s importance when they say he is “The man in charge of saving the world”. But Stern will be an influential voice in the climate negotiations this year and … Read More

Obama “May Delay” Copenhagen Climate Deal

March 26, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

There is growing evidence that President Obama will be forced to delay signing up to any new agreement on climate change in Copenhagen due to the scale of opposition in the US Congress. Senior figures in Obama’s administration have warned their political counterparts in London that Obama may need another six months to win domestic … Read More