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Coalition compromise looming for German Greens

Coalition compromise looming for German Greens

The German Green Party has hinted that it could be prepared to forgo its environmental principles to enter government following this weekend’s election. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are favoured to be the largest party in the Bundestag but it is thought however that a coalition will be necessary in order […]

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his speech to supporters of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) during their national assembly ahead of the 2018 election at Mexico City’s Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico August 12, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexican oil industry threatened by 2018 election

The 2018 election in Mexico could create problems for Mexico’s new oil industry. Mexico opened its oil industry to private investment in 2014 after more than seven decades of state monopoly by Pemex. This decision bore fruit when a “world class discovery” of over 1 billion barrels was found in […]

Russian funded nuclear plant raises fears in Lithuania

Russian funded nuclear plant raises fears in Lithuania

A Russian built nuclear plant is raising fears in Lithuania amid concerns about the facility’s safety. The plant is to be built close to the border between Belarus and Lithuania and funded by a $10 billion loan from Russia and built by Rosatom the Russian state owned nuclear company. The […]

Coal imports in Asia increase

Coal imports in Asia increase

Asia’s top five importers of coal have imported 3.1 million tonnes more in the first months of 2017 compared to 2016. Chinese imports have increased by 17.3 million tonnes, Japan by an additional 2.8 million and South Korea by an additional 3.6 million. This comes as prices for thermal coal […]

Scottish government sees “excellent opportunity” in carbon capture

Scottish government sees “excellent opportunity” in carbon capture

The Scottish government will commit to funding carbon capture technology irrespective of action taken in Westminster, a minister has pledged. The energy secretary of the Scottish government, Paul Wheelhouse MSP made the commitment to carbon capture technology and highlighted its importance going forward. “Everything suggests CCS could be an influential […]

Canada to invest in carbon capture

Canada to invest in carbon capture

The Canadian federal government has pledged to invest $950,000 in carbon capture technology. The funds will go to the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) in Richmond. The centre will allow wide ranging tests on scaling up carbon capture technology. The member of parliament for Steveston–Richmond East highlighted the economic […]

North Korea coal trade breaches UN sanctions

North Korea coal trade breaches UN sanctions

A US official has stated that North Korea has been smuggling coal for export through Russia and China. Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary for terrorist financing in the US Treasury department gave the testament to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Both Russia and China have supported UN sanctions against North Korea. […]

Portrayal of wind power costs – “misleading” 

Portrayal of wind power costs – “misleading” 

Academics and critics have questioned the real cost of offshore wind power following claims that a cheaper than predicted wind project would change the solve the problem of high energy costs in the UK.  Director of the Scientific Alliance, Martin Livermore, called statements that the new, cheaper contracts issued for offshore wind […]