Kate Mackenzie Spot news

Antarctic shielded by ozone hole – scientists
Climate puzzle solved (FT)

Climate sceptic clinches Australian opposition leadership
Cap and trade bill unlikely to pass before Copenhagen (FT)

BP facing fresh scrutiny after Alaska spill
‘Slow’ leak likely to raise regulators’ ire (FT)

Coal demand rebounding from downturn – US mining execs
‘Cautiously optimistic’ although generation still falling (Reuters)

Spain turns down air conditioning to save power
Minimum and maximum temperatures for public buildings (The Times)

Industrial groups warn over US climate law
Failure to pass legislation could lead to EPA rules, or state-based regimes (FT)

Yukos owners win ruling
The Hague decision could allow up to $100bn in damages from Russian government (FT)

Roll-out of UK smart meters to begin
Power companies impatient after long decision-making process (FT)

Somali pirates seize Greek-owned oil tanker
One of the world’s biggest tankers captured (FT)

China and Russia face pressure over Iran
Western diplomats to cite nuclear expansion in push for more sanctions (FT)

Australia looks to ban forward selling of carbon permits
Draft regulations contradict goal of becoming a regional trading hub (Argus)

India won’t accept peaking year for emissions, says Ramesh
Environment minister calls for ‘realism’ from developed countries (Bloomberg)

Carmakers race to secure electric lead
Peugeot in bid to beat Renault to market (FT)

Consumers drive power auctions
Paying customers not to use energy gains popularity in the US (FT)

Scottish Power CCS testing success
Reduces energy needed to separate carbon (Argus)

Stake in Indonesia’s Berau Coal sold
Majority stake in fifth-largest producer goes for $1.5bn (FT)