The world has lost Bowie. Other than that, nothing really of significance happened this morning. Here is a run-down of some insignificant happenings:
– US coal giant Arch coal files for bankruptcy, it’s the second largest miner in the US but it needs to get rid of $4.5bn in debt.
– The UK got its final bill in for flooding, it’s £1.3bn according to the Association of British Insurers. Bad for them, good for the construction sector.
– VW’s chief executive showed up in the US and issued another apology. Reuters reports that things could be far easier for the embattled firm in the EU where rules on breaking rules and misleading consumers are softer.
– The London Array has broken the power output record for an offshore wind farm. It comes as the boss of Danish wind firm Vestas bemoans the UK’s decision to ditch onshore wind just as new technology makes it one of the cheapest sources of power. On that, DeSmog asks if Time’s columnist and general wind-sceptic Matt Ridley has anything to gain from the policies he’s advocated.