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Australian coal leads the world in driving global warming

Research by Greenpeace shows how much exports of Australian coal contribute to driving global warming, highlighting the need to change direction, the Australian Greens said today.

The report reveals that allowing coal mining to continue unabated in the Galilee Basin in Queensland could produce 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. If the nine planned mines are approved, the Galilee Basin would be the seventh largest CO2 emitter in the world.

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Coal seam gas worse for the climate than expected


The pollution from coal seam gas mining that drives global warming is likely to be at least double the current estimated levels, according to a new study released today by The Australia Institute.


This new information undermines the industry's claims to be a clean energy source and a transition fuel, and emphasises the need for Australia to move to established clean and renewable energy sources instead, such as wind and solar, which are already beginning to outcompete fossil fuels on pure economic grounds.


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Great Barrier Reef

Senator WATERS

I move:

That the Senate take note of the answer given by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Senator Conroy) to a question without notice asked by Senator Waters today relating to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and dumped dredge spoil.

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Old parties vote to cover up coal seam gas emissions

A Government-commissioned study into the climate impacts of coal seam gas remains secret, after the Labor, Liberal and National parties today voted down a Greens motion to make the Wilkenfeld study public.

“The coal seam gas industry’s claims to be more climate-friendly than coal are being increasingly challenged by overseas scientific evidence, which is why we need Australian independent science into the real climate impacts of CSG,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.

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