Coal: US and India talk mining collaboration as Goldman predicts ‘peak’
Sticking with India for now, ministers and their US counterparts are negotiating collaboration on coal mining matters and potentially shale gas extraction, according to Indian news site newKerala.
The US itself is witnessing a historic fall in the size of its coal mining sector, with new EIA data revealing the total number of operating mines is at an all-time low.
On the India side of things, in a new analysis about the prospect of ‘peak coal’, Goldman Sachs all but said India cannot prop up the industry the same way China has done this past decade.
Meanwhile The Guardian reports that doctors are blaming air pollution for the sharp rise in respiratory illness across India.
Volkswagen: UK, France and Germany lobbied for flawed emissions test
You’ve probably seen that Volkswagen CEO Michael Winterkorn resigned following the emissions cheat scandal that has seen tens of billions wiped off the company’s value.
Well the legal issues for VW have only just begun. It could face the UK’s largest ever class action lawsuit, reports Sky News.
And so to fend off that suit, plus the many more possible legal actions around the world, VW has roped in the lawyers who helped defend BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, reports The Guardian.
Guardian reporter Arthur Neslen also had a great scoop this morning, having been leaked documents showing the UK, French and German governments lobbying to continue car emissions tests with known loopholes.
And The Independent has zeroed-in on TTIP, reporting that US car standards are lower than those in Europe and regulatory harmonisation could mean weaker emissions standards on this side of the Atlantic.
US: Pope starts climate change visit and Hillary debuts energy plan
Hinkley: Problems have scared off investors
EDF has admitted that the well-documented cost, reactor and timeline troubles of the UK’s proposed Hinkley nuclear power plant have scared off investors, reports The Telegraph.
Meanwhile Rolls Royce will get the lion’s share of £100m supply contracts for the project, reports the BBC.
Climate change: New Zealand has deported the world’s first climate change refugee, reports the BBC.
Renewables: 9 massive companies, including Nike and Walmart, have pledged to go 100% renewables, reports Climate Progress.
Carbon Capture & Storage: ZEP, Europe’s CCS platform, has mapped out an ambitious scenario to encourage investment, reports EurActiv.
We spoke to ZEP earlier this year about the future of CCS.