Shell's Kora Kora oil field, Nigeria.
Shell's Kora Kora oil field, Nigeria. Photo: Tim Lambon / Greenpeace

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Nigeria: Shell facing spill complaints in London court

Royal Dutch Shell is being sued in London for the second time in five years over spills in the Niger Delta. Two communities want Shell to provide compensation and clean up their land.

Reports by Amnesty International and the United Nations Environment Programme found sites contaminated with benzene.

The first hearing will begin today in London. The action is being led by firm Leigh Day.

UK: More subsidies, Brexit analysis, £26m for Port Talbot

As the energy secretary announces more subsidies for electricity suppliers, analysis emerges on how customers will likely pay more through their bills to “keep the lights on”. Energy policy may be in disarray, writes Fiona Harvey, but it’s unlikely the lights will go out.

Emily Gosden has a review of what Brexit would mean for the UK’s EU-imposed green targets.

And Port Talbot’s Specific innovation centre has been awarded £26m funding to develop smart technology – working particularly on the concept of “buildings as power stations”. More than half the funding is from the European Union.

China: Coal layoff protests, 30 overseas nuclear plants, renewables surge

Richard Martin, author of Coal Wars, predicts that job losses from China’s announcement to lay off 1.5m coal workers will cause massive social unrest.

China is aiming to build 30 nuclear plants around the world for its Silk Road initiative by 2030.

But the country is also surging ahead in switching to renewables in what its officials say will allow it to surpass its carbon emissions targets.

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