The Asia-Pacific population’s dependence on coal remains significant even as it grapples with the high prices and global warming impact of the fossil fuel that now represents nearly half of the region’s primary energy consumption. This is despite the pledge from almost 200 countries at the UN COP26 summit in November to “phase-down” the use of coal to tackle climate change, weakened from “phaseout” after intervention from China and India. In 2021, coal consumption grew more than 6 per cent globally to its highest level since 2014, the data shows.
State-owned Petroperu asked the government to declare a state of emergency for a major crude oil pipeline late on Friday, after it suffered a series of cuts in an Amazonian region of the country that it described as "an unprecedented attack." Petroperu confirmed an oil leak in a statement, adding that the spill had been contained in the pipeline's containment channel but did not specify the leak's size. As part of a contingency plan, Petroperu suspended pumping in the pipeline "in the face of the environmental emergency."
Details of scheme come as US president contends with voter dismay over high petrol prices and rising inflation