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Subsidies: UK the only G7 nation to increase support for fossil fuels

As the G20 governments are scheduled to meet in Turkey, a new study covered by Energydesk has challenged their six-year-old pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

It turns out the world’s richest economies provide $452 billion in financial support for fossil fuel production, four times bigger than the subsidies renewable energy receives.

And the UK has been singled out as the only G7 nation to be increasing aid to fossil fuel firms and cutting back on support for renewables.

Another report timed for the G20 conference has found carbon emissions falling in 11 of the 20 countries, reports Reuters.

Modi in the UK: India can make or break climate change action

With the Indian PM Modi in town, Energydesk contributor Bob Burton has looked at his coal-based diplomacy and its failures around the world.

You may recall India’s involvement in colossal coal projects in Australia, but you may not have heard of its attempted ventures in Africa and nearby South Asia.

The Guardian reports that India has the power to push the world into the climate change danger zone if it continues to ramp up its coal use in the coming years.

India’s UN climate commitment sets an ambitious renewables target but says nothing of peaking carbon emissions.

It’s also Diwali, and according to the Indian press that means even worse air pollution than normal.

The Hindustan Times says that in Delhi last night PM10 in the air reached 2038mpcm, 23 times higher than the country’s prescribed standard (which is itself notoriously lax).

World Energy Outlook: Why does the IEA always underestimate wind and solar?

In a new analysis on Energydesk, energy policy expert Christian Breyer investigates why the International Energy Agency consistently gets its renewable energy projections wrong.

Over at Carbon Brief, Simon Evans has done a comprehensive analysis of the report, and likewise seems to think its vision is ‘overly conservative’.

COP21: Paris deal won’t be legally binding, says the US

The FT reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry has gone against the climate crowd and said whatever agreement is hashed out in Paris next month it will ‘definitively not be a treaty’.

But Al Gore is ‘optimistic’, telling the AP that the effects of global warming are already being felt are accelerating consensus and action ahead of the climate conference.

Meanwhile UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond delivered a strong call for action on climate change, calling it ‘the conservative thing to do’, reports Business Green.

In other news

Lawsuit: New Zealand law student is suing her government for producing a UN climate pledge that doesn’t do enough, reports the Herald.

Power crunch: EON and SSE have backed National Grid plans to ensure security of supply this winter, reports the Guardian.

Finances: RWE profits fell by 29%, just days after EON reported record losses.

Divestment: Eight UK universities have announced they are divesting of fossil fuels,reports Business Green.

Recently Energydesk did an investigation into funding of universities by the big fossil fuel firms.

Climate change: Dr Vox has done an awesome factcheck of the skeptic favourite: ‘The climate has always been changing’.