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Coal: India moves to shut 12% of coal capacity to tackle air pollution, water shortages

India plans to shut aging coal-fired power plants with a combined capacity of 37 gigawatts to cut emissions and reduce the use of fuel and water - reports Bloomberg.   However the chairman of the country’s electricity authority did say the plants will be replaced by super-critical coal units – without giving a timeline.

India also continues to pursue solar with the state of Gujarat launching a new project to promote rooftop solar, QZ reports that the Modi government is also pursuing a $6.2bn reforestation programme. 

Meanwhile the FT reports that the recent troubles of the world’s largest coal companies have fuelled the arguments of those calling for institutional investors to ditch fossil fuel stocks – specifically coal. 

Oil: Prices rise on China demand, Canada wildfires

Strong Chinese crude oil imports and fears over the impact of Canadian wildfirespushed up the oil price dramatically.

The news comes as Bloomberg warns that the changes in the oil market – including a 60-year slump in oil discoveries – could leave the world vulnerable to an OPEC triggered oil shock.

Climate: Wildfires threaten huge release of greenhouse gasses 

The BBC and others report that the advance of the wildfires in Canada is finally slowing – though it could take months to bring them under control.

The fires have been linked to climate change and there are also concerns the fires could release huge amounts of carbon locked in the permafrost  – a potentially worrying dynamic if climate change is itself causing such fires.

Nuclear: UK’s Hinkley runs into further hurdles as China passes new reactor design

The  Guardian reports that the British government has run into a major new problem with the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, with a United Nations committee ruling that the UK failed to consult European countries properly over potential environmental risks.

Meanwhile reports in China suggest that it’s latest reactor – the CAP1400 – based on a Westinghouse design has met international safety standards. The latest news increases the chance that China will look to back the construction of it’s own reactors overseas.

Climate change: Can Chevron, ExxonMobil and BP be held accountable for the vulnerable communities most affected by climate change? It’s a question a legal case in the Philippines could answer according to Emma Howard.