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

World Bank lending for coal up 256%…

October 8, 2008By Steve KretzmannBlog Post 1 Comment

Relying exclusively on the World Bank’s own figures, a new analysis shows World Bank Group lending to coal, oil and gas is up 94% from 2007, reaching over $3 billion.  Coal lending alone has increased an astonishing 256% in the last year. This is the same World Bank that would like to lead – and … Read More

T. Boone to the Rescue…

July 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 6 Comments

After a meeting today of the G8 and leading developing countries, the two groups finally said they shared a “joint vision” for action on climate change. But the statement made no mention of any specific target for cutting emissions, and gave no baseline date from when the cuts might begin. Yesterday the G8 called for … Read More

G8 Agrees Deal to Halve Emissions by 2050

July 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Its tough being a world leader. Imagine turning up at the G8 Summit in the midst of a one of the worst crises over food prices in many years and having to discuss the issue over an eight-course, 19-dish dinner prepared by 25 chefs. Whilst agonizing over the poor, they had to endure amuse-bouche of … Read More

G8: Halve Emissions by 2050

May 27, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Environment ministers from the G8 have urged their leaders to set a global target to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a small but vital step in the fight against climate change. But they stopped short of suggesting specific interim targets ahead of 2050, a key demand of developing countries in tough U.N.-led talks to … Read More

Nowhere Near Far Enough

June 8, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

If you look at the headlines this morning you would be forgiven for thinking that yesterday we witnessed an historic deal on the climate. The words “historic”, “breakthrough” and “substantial” were used to describe the deal, that was “far more ambitious than many expected”. Tony Blair called it “a huge step forward” and that “This … Read More