Greenpeace activists fit the Boudica statue at Westminster Bridge with an emergency face mask to demand action on air pollution.
Greenpeace activists fit the Boudica statue at Westminster Bridge with an emergency face mask to demand action on air pollution.

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Air pollution: EU dilutes plans after UK lobbying

The Guardian reports that EU states have agreed to water down a proposed law aimed at halving the number of deaths from air pollution within 15 years, after intense lobbying from the UK that cross-party MEPs have condemned as “appalling”. (Don’t worry folks, we’ll not be bothering you shortly, or so the polls suggest.)

In other news potentially soon to be fellow non-EU member Norway is going the other way with a possible rule to ban all petrol cars by 2025.

Oil: “Niger Delta Avengers” drive down Nigeria production, push up global prices

The WSJ reports on a band of saboteurs that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers who have been prowling the swamps of Nigeria’s petroleum-rich south for four months, bombing pipelines and diving underwater to destroy equipment.

“It is different this time,” said Dolapo Oni, oil and gas analyst for Togo-based Ecobank Transnational Inc. “These guys are not stealing crude. They just bomb the pipelines and they run away. They just want to destroy.”

Nuclear: Finland raises bet on nuclear as Rolls-Royce shortlisted for “mini-nukes”

The FT reports on Finland’s plans for a new Russian designed nuclear reactor – built using a range of Finnish firms – which it hopes will point the way for the future of nuclear new build in the EU (y’know, after the whole French designed EPR saga).

It comes as UK firm Rolls Royce won a place on a Whitehall shortlist of bidders vying to fuel what the Times called Britain’s nuclear renaissance.

In other news

Offshore wind: Energy groups promise to reduce the cost

Runaways: Newspaper backs Gatwick over Heathrow in UK

Coal: UK ports forced to adapt to falling coal imports

Efficiency: Remember that industry in the UK?