Fossil fuel lobby goes on the attack against divestment movement

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you,” said Mahatma Gandhi. The climate change campaign to divest from fossil fuels seems to be moving through those stages at express speed, with a sudden barrage of attacks from the coal and oil lobbies ahead of its global divestment day on Valentine’s day.

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Comment: China coal peak, what the IEA missed

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its annual Medium-Term Coal Market Report yesterday, with a lot of attention devoted to proffering the notion that China’s coal consumption will continue to grow until the end of this decade, despite a dramatic slowdown this year, and ambitious new energy and climate targets.

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Sundarbans Oil Spill Shows Why Bangladesh’s Rampal Coal Plant is a Bad Idea

A shipping collision in the Sundarbans World Heritage Area in Bangladesh has demonstrated the dangers of shipping coal, oil or other toxic products through the area. On 9th December the Southern Star-7 tanker, which was carrying about 350,000 litres of furnace oil, collided with another cargo vessel and sunk. The oil spill has apparently already reached 70 km on either side of the crash site, and continues its toxic spread.

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