1) Russia: Energy deals with Shell, Greece and Saudi Arabia
The world’s top gas producer, Russia’s majority state-owned Gazprom, is building a global strategic alliance with Shell. The agreement includes the construction of two new Nord Stream gas pipelines under the Baltic sea to Germany (with E.ON and OMV) and the expansion of the joint Shell and Gazprom Sakhalin LNG plant (shown above), according to Business Insider.
Russia has also signed an initial agreement on building a natural-gas pipeline through Greece. Bloomberg writes the deal signals strengthening ties between the countries as the crisis-stricken government in Athens is increasingly isolated from the rest of Europe.
Saudi Arabia and Russia have also signed an agreement to cooperate on nuclear energy development, Reuters reports.
2) UK: onshore wind subsidy cut – reactions
Last Thursday DECC announced onshore wind subsidies would be cut a year early (with exemptions for some projects – see our explainer here).
There has been a spate of reaction and analysis since then.
Quartz seems puzzled that the UK is scrapping one of its most successful renewable energy subsidies; The Telegraph reports on projected job losses, and lack of potential job creation, as a result of the cut; and Bloomberg covers the risk the UK won’t meet its renewable energy target.
Labour have opposed the move citing bills, job losses and energy security – while Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing has been meeting with the Scottish onshore wind industry, which claims the move could cost the region £3 billion on investment.
3) Oil: Santa Barbara cleanup continues one month on – and prices respond to Greek debt crisis
Meanwhile, oil prices have been responding to the Greek debt crisis, going up on Monday on a tweet from the European Commission claiming “good progress” in talks, following a 2% fall on Friday.
4) Mass extinction: Humans killing humans and other species
Human beings are currently causing the greatest mass extinction of species since the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, a new study published in Science Advances reports.
The study cites causes such as climate change, pollution and deforestation, the BBC writes.
The rate of extinctions is up to 100 times higher than would have occurred without human impact, researchers from Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley suggested.
The lead author of the study, Dr Gerardo Ceballos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico said: “This is very depressing because we used the most conservative rates, and even then they are much higher than the normal extinction rate, really indicating we are having a massive loss of the species.”
The consequences for humanity could be disastrous within three human lifetimes – with biodiversity benefits such as pollination and air and water recirculation at risk, CS Monitor writes – though it also focusses on how to prevent the 6th mass extinction.
In other news
Arctic drilling: A woman who was injured while working on one of Shell’s Arctic drilling support ships has filed a federal lawsuit saying the company compromised safety in its rush to drill for oil, according to the Seattle Times. She was working on The Challenger in 2012 (Related: see our recent story).
Climate: Global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security, writes Climate News Network’s Tim Radford.
UK: Campaigners’ letter proposes frequent flier tax instead of expanding Heathrow or Gatwick, the Observer writes.
US renewables: Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo launch 100% clean energy push, CS Monitor covers.
Encyclical: The Union of Concerned Scientist write: “The Pope Is an Energy Wonk. Engineers Agree with His Assessment.”
Climate: A Lancet report on climate change and health due out this week – underlines the moral case for action, according to a New York Times leader.
US renewables: Vox’s Dr Vox explains why wind and solar power are such a challenge for US energy grids
US coal: A new report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has projected that Obama’s Clean Power Plan will result in coal-fired power plant shutdowns potentially more than doubling – Clean Technica.
Japan: solar energy sector is fast approaching profitability, ahead of impending feed-in-tariff (FiT) cuts, Clean Technica reports.
Australia coal: Peabody Energy shares are up on Friday after the coal miner announced that it is selling most of its Queensland, Australia coal exploration portfolio, The Street says.
Australia coal: A bilateral trade agreement between China and Australia last week would have broadly positive implications for Australian coal exports, Platts reports.