Gulf Coast Struggles With Oil Spill And Its Economic Costs

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BP spill: Company to concede paying $1bn to seafood industry

BP is to pay a remaining $1bn in damages to Gulf Coast fishermen and seafood processors whose businesses were devastated by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The company fought against the charges – as many of the 44,000 plaintiffs represented by Texas attorney Mikal Watts turned out to be false identities. BP is pursuing a separate lawsuit against Watts.

And the BP spill was recently used to help Brazilian prosecutors file a $43.5bn lawsuit against iron miner Samarco for the collapse of a dam containing tailings last year.

Global coal: Map, Germany out, Clinton vs coal miners, UK protest

Carbon Brief have mapped the global coal trade.

Germany looks set to end coal-fired power production “well before 2050″, according to a draft environment ministry document.

Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying she will put coal miners “out of business”and drive a transition to renewables. She has had to apologize and reaffirm her support for US coal regions.

Meanwhile in Wales, hundreds of environmental activists have invaded the UK’s largest opencast coalmine to halt operations as part of a coordinated global protest.

Renewables: an “appalling delusion” for UK – late chief scientific advisor, UAE solar price record

The late Sir David McKay, former chief scientific advisor to the UK, said in his final interview that wind and solar were a waste of money for the UK, and the focus should be on nuclear and carbon capture and storage.

He did however suggest that solar would be important in other parts of the world – such as where sunny weather coincides with electricity demand for air conditioning.

Meanwhile a new low-price record has been set for solar in the United Arab Emirates, and the one-person solar plane, Solar Impulse 2, has just made it to Arizona.

In other news

Water: Price water or prepare for a thirstier, poorer planet – World Bank

Climate refugees: Climate change could make parts of the Middle East and North Africa ‘uninhabitable’

UNFCCC: Mexican ambassador selected as next UN climate chief

Vegas: How the 24-hour party city is greening up its act