The UK’s climate tsar, Alok Sharma, has been urged to resign unless the prime minister scraps plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria. Mr Sharma, who will lead a vital UN climate conference in Glasgow in November, is said to be “apoplectic” over the decision to approve the mine. The Lib Dems say the project, earmarked for a site near Whitehaven, undermines Mr Sharma’s position. They have called for him to tender his resignation over the issue. Lib Dem leader Ed Davey – a former energy secretary and climate negotiator – said in his letter to Mr Sharma: “I want to urge you in the strongest possible terms to advise the prime minister… that he must find a way to overturn the recent decision to grant planning permission to the Cumbrian coal mine to 2049.
BBC 8th Feb 2021 read more »
The world’s state-owned fossil fuel companies are poised to invest about $1.9tn (£1.4tn) in the next decade in projects that would destroy any prospect of meeting the Paris agreement climate goals. A large proportion of these investments are likely to become stranded assets, with at least $400bn unlikely to be profitable if the world sticks to its promises to hold global heating to less than 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels, according to a report from the Natural Resource Governance Institute thinktank.
Guardian 9th Feb 2021 read more »
The UK’s first deep coal mine in decades leaves Britain at risk of breaking the Paris Agreement if it goes ahead, leading climate scientists have told Boris Johnson. Lars Nilsson, a professor at Lund University who contributed to the latest report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is one of 13 experts to have written to the prime minister calling for him to intervene to stop the £165m West Cumbria coal mine. The mine was approved last year by Cumbria County Council, and will supply coking coal for steel production in the UK and for export before it closes by 2049. But critics say it will undermine the UK’s efforts to reach net zero by 2050 and its role as a climate change leader ahead of Cop26. The Government’s climate change advisers, the CCC, have criticised the decision by Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, to decline to intervene in the matter, on the grounds that it was a local issue for Cumbria.
Telegraph 8th Feb 2021 read more »
Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is causing more than twice as many deaths as thought, a study has found. Almost one in five deaths in the UK is linked to fine particle pollution from road traffic, power generation and other activities that involve burning petrol, diesel, coal and gas, according to scientists from Harvard University and University College London.
Times 9th Feb 2021 read more »