Montcoal, West Virginia
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Coal: Sanders beats Clinton in coal state, UK breaks 135-year coal habit

Hillary Clinton has lost to Bernie Sanders in West Virginia’s primary, slowing her progress to winning the Democratic nomination.

It is thought that Clinton’s campaign has been damaged in the coal state by saying “we are going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” in March this year. The coal industry is one of the biggest employers in the state.

Meanwhile the UK produced no electricity from coal on Tuesday morning – for what is believed to be the first time since the late 19th century.

And across the globe the coal industry is struggling: Over half of assets in the global coal industry are held by companies either in bankruptcy or unable to pay their bills.

Renewables: Germany hits new high, UK govt antagonism warning

Last Sunday was so sunny and windy in Germany power prices went negative for several hours – and commercial companies were being paid to produce electricity. At 1pm solar, wind, hydro and biomass were supplying 87% of demand.

In the UK a report has just been published suggesting that the UK government’s “antagonistic” approach to renewable energy is threatening investment and even UK energy security.

And we might have energy solutions all wrong – due to the fast and accelerating pace of clean technology advancement.

Climate change: The GIF that keeps on giving global temperature change data

It might be the most convincing climate change visualisations ever: the GIF created by Ed Hawkins of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading showing temperature changes in a graph that plots the temperature every month since 1850.

It’s been tweeted over 3000 times in less than 24 hours.

In other news

Arctic: Shell relinquishes offshore leases in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea

Fort McMurray: Canadian oil production trickles back as wildfire threat eases

Panama Papers: BP hired firm linked to bribery scandal, Panama Papers reveal

Down under: Fossil fuel register shows more than a third of Australia earmarked for coal or gas

Solomon Islands: Headlines ‘exaggerated’ climate link to sinking of Pacific islands