A decision by planners to block a new opencast coal mine in north-east England should “bring down the curtain” on such sites, Friends of the Earth have said. After a three-hour hearing on Friday, Newcastle city council’s planning committee unanimously rejected Banks Mining’s application to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal from a site at Dewley Hill near Throckley. In September, the government rejected a controversial planning application for an opencast coal mine near Druridge Bay, Northumberland, with the official report saying it was “not environmentally acceptable”.
Guardian 18th Dec 2020 read more »
There is “no immediate decline in sight” for coal-fired power demand, concludes a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s Coal 2020 report finds that the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted coal use to decline to an extent not seen since the Second World War. However, the report forecasts that global coal demand will begin to rise again in 2021 as the world emerges from the pandemic.
Independent 18th Dec 2020 read more »