Andy Rowell

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Andy Rowell is a staff blogger for Oil Change International in addition to working as a freelance writer and investigative journalist who specializes in environmental, health and lobbying issues. Follow him on Twitter: @andy_rowell

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Big Oil’s “Long Twilight”
All eyes this morning will be on the half-yearly OPEC meeting in Vienna. Although pundits are not expecting a production freeze , the oil price is creeping towards $50, up 80 per cent since its slump of $30 in January. As the press pack hunt the OPEC oilmen round Vienna searching for clues on any...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Scientists Warn of 10C Warming as We “Dial up Earth’s Thermostat”
Nearly every week a new record is being broken on climate. So far this year we have had warnings that the Great Barrier reef is “ dying on our watch” due to coral bleaching caused by record temperatures; dramatic early seasonal melting of the Arctic Ocean sea ice and Greenland’s massive ice sheet;...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Exxon Faces Questions Over Climate as Gates Dumps BP
The famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin is that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Another certainty is that you know that the top executives of controversial companies absolutely hate the one day in the year that they are accountable to their...
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Friday, April 22, 2016
"Grim Drumbeat" Behind Historic Climate Agreement
History will be made today at a ceremony in New York when countries start to formally sign the Paris climate agreement, which was initially approved in December last year. The Paris accord agrees to keep global temperatures “well below” 2C and “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Fossils Fuels Could be Phased Out “Within 10 Years”
As the saying goes: the stone age did not end due to the lack of stones and the oil age will not end due to lack of oil. It will end due to climate change and the coming clean energy revolution. And the end date could be nearer than you think. According to academics at the University of Sussex in...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Great Barrier Reef "Is Dying Under Our Watch”
“Do we really care so little about the Earth on which we live that we don’t wish to protect one of its greatest wonders from the consequences of our behaviour?” That is the question posed at the end of Sir David Attenborough’s three-part documentary on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which has just...
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Friday, January 15, 2016
Obama to "Halt" New Coal Leases
Every day, it seems, brings more bad news for the fossil fuel industry. The week started badly with the news that they US coal giant Arch Coal , which owns the world’s biggest coal-mining complex, was filing for bankruptcy. This means that that over a quarter of American coal production is now...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
Climate Change Altering Greenland Ice-Sheet: Accelerating Sea Level Rise
Not long into the New Year and already a new warning about climate change and rising sea levels. A new scientific study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change , is warning that climate change may be affecting the vast Greenland ice sheet more seriously than previously thought...
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Monday, December 14, 2015
"We See You, Fossil Fuels, and We Are Coming"
In the end, after two weeks of tortuous and exhausting negotiations in Paris, the UN agreement on climate reached on Saturday has been hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious.” But we should remember it has taken twenty years of fighting huge political inertia and the oil industry’s multi-...
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Friday, December 04, 2015
GOP Climate Denial Puts "Future of Civilization at Risk"
Obama may be talking the climate change talk in Paris, but back home the Republican Party (GOP) is doing everything in its power to make sure there is no deal. Although Obama is dismissive of the Republican denial machine, we should all be taking it seriously. “It may be hard for Republicans to...
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