Can We Transition Away From Oil?

September 8, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Slowly but surely people are beginning to talk about a taboo- what happens when the oil runs out. What are we going to do? How are we going to live? How will we feed, power and house ourselves? How can we transition our society away from oil to a secure energy future? These kind of … Read More

Exxon: Oil is the Only Game in Town

August 21, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Anyone out there who was hoping that new Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson would steer the company in a different strategic direction from his predecessor Lee “the dinosaur” Raymond, should think again. We are not going to see a sudden greening of Exxon. We are not going to see the oil and gas giant rapidly disinvest … Read More

BP: Only Itself to Blame For Alaskan Fiasco

August 14, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

I am back from holiday, so lets go straight back to BP. The news that BP had to shut over half of its vast Prudhoe Bay operations because of pipeline corrosion has made headlines across the globe. It has also sent the price of oil nearly $2 dollars a barrel upwards. As BP apologized for … Read More

UNEP Says Deserts In Trouble; But Huge Solar Potential

June 5, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A landmark study by UNEP – published to coincide with World Environment Day – has concluded that the world’s deserts are facing dramatic changes due to climate change and increasing demand for water. Almost one-quarter of the earth’s land surface – some 33.7 million square kilometres – has been defined as “desert” in some sense. … Read More

Africa: Facing Greatest Catastrophe in History

May 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A second analysis in two days outlines how climate change will cause “the greatest catastrophe in human history” in Africa. Yesterday, Christian Aid predicted that 182 million will die because of climate change by the end of the century. Now evidence submitted to the official report that is being prepared for Tony Blair and Gordon … Read More

Europe’s Emission Trading Scheme in Trouble

May 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Europe’s flagship emissions trading scheme is suffering from a credibility crisis after it has emerged that many of the pollution limits have been far too lax. Critics argue that the limits need to be drastically improved or the scheme will do nothing to tackle climate change. They say governments have given industry “permission to pollute”.

Arctic Melt-Down

May 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Record amounts of the Arctic ocean failed to freeze during the recent winter, new satellite figures show. This spells disaster for wildlife and strengthens concerns that the region is locked into a destructive cycle of irreversible climate change. Satellite measurements show the area covered by Arctic winter sea ice reached an all-time low in March, … Read More

More Shell Greenwash

May 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

More greenwashing from Shell. The company has just released it Sustainability report for 2005. Shell and sustainability you might reason is a contradiction in terms. Not so, argues the company. The report is part of is “continuing dialogue with stakeholders,” and its commitment to meet the world’s energy challenge in “in environmentally and socially responsible … Read More