Britain's government has intervened in a plan for a new deep coal mine in northern England after climate change advisers said the project would "increase global emissions". The plans pose a challenge for Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, which wants to boost jobs in northern England after winning many voting regions which traditionally back the opposition Labour Party while setting an example on its green credentials before hosting a climate summit in November. In a letter, signed on behalf of housing minister Robert Jenrick, the government said the decision to "call in" the application for the mine had been taken because of that advice and added that there should be a public inquiry. The Cumbria mine, being developed by privately owned West Cumbria Mining, will extract coking coal which is used for steel production rather than power generation. Last year Britain became the first G7 country to set in law a net zero emissions target by , which will require wholesale changes in the way Britons use energy, travel and eat.
Cumbria coal mine: Tory MPs urge council to give plans the green light
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Polish govt, unions initial plan to phase out coal by 2049
The deal, which has been under negotiation for months, marks the first time that the powerful coal mining sector in Poland has agreed to end its own existence. The plan includes subsidies that would soften the blow on the miners. The subsidies, which would represent a large burden on the state budget, also could possibly be in violation of European Union regulations for subsidies to dying industries.
The document said the number of initially planned open-cut pits would be reduced from six to four. It has previously refused to commit to a long-term plan for a scaled-back mine. The later development plan is one of several documents related to the Carmichael project released under Queensland right to information laws to environmental group Lock the Gate. Humphries said that — based on estimates in the development plan — the rehabilitation bond amounted to about 0.