Fuels Global Warming

Global warming:

  • threatens Australia’s way of life, driving deeper droughts, rising tides, supercharged storms, floods and bushfires.

  • threatens to destroy an already-damaged Great Barrier Reef. Half the Great Barrier Reef’s corals have been killed in unprecedented back-to-back bleaching events caused by extreme temperatures due to global warming. Scientists warn that 1.5°C of global warming will destroy at least 70% of the world’s coral Reefs. 2°C of global warming will kill off 99%.1

Coal is the biggest driver of global warming. Mining, burning and exporting coal is the key contribution Australia makes to the climate crisis. Coal is a danger to human health: it pollutes our air and kills workers and local communities.

Adani’s coal, once burnt, will create up to 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon pollution.2 Critically, Adani’s Carmichael mine would put in place the infrastructure needed to unlock the Galilee Basin, one of the largest untapped coal reserves on Earth, paving the way for at least eight more coal mines.

Queensland and India both have better energy options: renewables are cheaper and faster to build, without driving global warming.

We have a simple choice right now:

  • continue to prop up and expand dirty coal projects that fuel climate change, kill our Reef, drain our groundwater and harm communities or
  • move beyond coal and embrace renewable energy and all the economic, health and environmental benefits it has to offer.

[1] Global warming of 1.5°C, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018
[2] Joint Expert Report to the Land Court of Queensland on “Climate Change – Emissions”, Taylor & Meinshausen Avalible from http://envlaw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/carmichael14.pdf

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