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Germany turns to coal

German officials announced yesterday the country would restart a number of coal-fired power plants over the coming months as part of an effort to conserve natural gas supplies amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. The move comes in response to Russia’s recent throttling of gas exports to Europe, while breaking with climate pledges made by Olaf Scholz, who was elected chancellor in December. 

Natural gas accounts for about 25% of Germany’s energy consumption (see overview), the majority of which is used for heating and industrial purposes. Roughly one-third—down from more than half—of Germany’s gas supplies come from Russia.

In related news, at least two US veterans who traveled to fight in Ukraine have been captured by separatists in the country’s eastern Donbas region. It remains unclear whether a third American reported missing in the area has been captured. 

See updates on the war here.