Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Australia refuses to abandon coal despite IPCC warning

Australia refuses to abandon coal despite IPCC warning

The faster rate of temperature increase here is due to the fact that continents warm more quickly than oceans, Gutzler explained: "The world is mostly ocean, and we are in the middle of a continent, so when people talk about global warming of one, two or three degrees, for our region, we're thinking about double those numbers".

Melissa Price, the federal Environment Minister, said the government would consider the IPCC report, saying the government "is committed to the Paris Agreement and takes its worldwide obligations seriously".

President Donald Trump cast doubt on a United Nations report that warned that we have just 12 years to curb climate change by suggesting the reports' authors weren't more credible than reports that say the environment is "fabulous".

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

"The government does have a bit of a love affair with coal and see the use of coal in Australia going on forever", she said.

The report comes as Canada is embroiled in a new round of political arguments about the best way to proceed, with the federal Liberals' planned national price on carbon being challenged by a growing number of provincial governments.

"But what we know is that we can phase it out in a responsible, planned way over the next couple of decades into clean energy".

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And, we have certain areas in the world, which are extremely sensitive. Global CO2 emissions may need to peak around 2020.

"We believe that net-zero emissions for the electricity sector by 2050 or earlier is achievable", Origin chief executive Frank Calabria said in the company's 2018 Sustainability report.

It's also likely that any technological advances in energy in the next decades will not be in favour of coal, given that vast sums are being invested in renewables and comparatively little in CCS or other coal-friendly technologies. Politicians are fond of talking about what kind of future we will leave our grandchildren, but I can now say that having a grandchild sharpens that perspective dramatically.

The climate change is real and it is illustrated by the heat wave conditions spreading like a plague in India and Pakistan. "We're seeing deeper and more severe and more frequent drought, which is already playing havoc on our agriculture production systems". "We need to shift the story away from the individual towards what we can achieve together".

He said: "This century is the first when one species - man - is sufficiently dominant that it can affect the future of the entire planet".

China is the world's largest producer, consumer and importer of coal and any genuine attempt to remove coal from the world's energy mix by 2050 will require massive commitment from Beijing.

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, China now has 957 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power operating - more than four times India's 219 GW. She said LNG is part of the solution because it emits less than burning coal for electricity, and if LNG is going to be used she would rather it be Canadian LNG.

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