Pacific Island countries are now considering the world’s first treaty banning new fossil fuel projects. Following decisions to stop new coal mines in China, the USA and Indonesia, the Pacific’s lead could be the first step towards a global moratorium on coal mines.
There's been some very exciting developments recently in the push for a global moratorium on new coal mines.
The Obama Administration has announced a moratorium on granting new coal mine leases on federal land while it examines its entire coal leasing program -- a process they estimate to take three years. This policy mirrors the announcement by China in the last days of 2015, that they would impose a three year moratorium on Chinese coal mine approvals.