Top 4 stories

1) Shell: Climate rhetoric vs action, Arctic exploration could herald peak oil

Ahead of Shell’s AGM in The Netherlands tomorrow and with one of Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs reaching Seattle port last week (shown above), there have been a spate of stories on the firm.

The Telegraph’s Critchlow argues that Shell’s Arctic exploration push marks beginning of peak oil era.

The Guardian’s Terry Macalister investigates Shell’s stance on climate change, compared to what Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden says publicly on the topic. Van Beurden rejects the stranded asset argument, and says provoking the sudden death of fossil fuels isn’t plausible.

Macalister also writes that Shell’s energy scenario means catastrophic climate change.

Over the weekend, there was a lot of coverage of a kayak protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans, in Elliot Bay off Seattle – the BBC and The Independent report.

In related news, new guidelines have been passed to prevent pollution – including discharging oil – from ships in polar waters. The rules come into force in 2017.

WSJ, meanwhile, focuses on how Shell’s BG Group deal contains the risk of losing an oil field in Kazakhstan.

2) UK energy: Head of DECC favours solar, wants to make onshore wind ‘more democratic’

The UK’s new DECC secretary of state, Amber Rudd, has said she wants to unleash a solar revolution, Business Green report.

She has also announced that the Queen’s speech next week will contain proposals for legislation ensuring that wind developments have the support of local people, who can veto plans in their area – The Daily Mail and Telegraph report.

Rudd said she enjoys seeing onshore windfarms and doesn’t regard them as an eyesore but public subsidies for them will end.

On fracking, she said she would make it easier for energy companies to frack for gas in national parks  – no surprise there, according to a story in DeSmog.

3) China, India: urge climate action from developed countries – but India has big coal plans

China and India, the world’s No. 1 and No. 3 greenhouse gas emitters, projected a united front on climate change on Friday with a rare joint statement that asked rich countries to step up efforts to reduce global carbon emissions, according to Reuters.

On the same day they signed 26 business deals worth more than $22 billion in areas including renewable energy.

Meanwhile, India’s coal minister Piyush Goyal has said Coal India will invest $20bn in coal production over the next five years, with the aim of 1 billion tonnes by 2019/2020.

And the BBC asks why Modi’s government is targeting Greenpeace, and coal seems to have a lot to do with it.

4) US coal: Duke Energy guilty of polluting rivers, clean power plan needed to stave off CO2 increases

US coal company Duke Energy has been fined $102 million (£64m) for a coal ash spill in North Carolina’s rivers – but fears over the health impact remain, the LA Times reports.

US energy analysts have said US carbon emissions will increase in the coming decades unless Obama’s clean power plan comes into force.

And nine Northwest tribes have joined together to block a massive coal export terminal on sacred land at Cherry Point, The Stranger reports.

In other news

Divestment: University of Washington to divest from coal companies, the Guardian reports.

Climate: Canada sets 30 percent cut in greenhouse gas output, but details for this are sparse, Reuters reports.

Oil: Isis ‘oil minister’ killed in US commando raid, The Times writes.

Oil leak: A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, an AP investigation reveals.