New Met Office report: coal does double-duty on Australia’s emissions

In response to the latest report released by the UK Met Office, showing Australia's huge bushfires are forecast to help drive global atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide to one of the fastest annual increases on record, Dr Nikola Casule, Head of Research & Investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific said:

“Coal is the number one driver of climate change, which is what has made these bushfires so severe, so essentially the mining and burning of coal is doing double-duty on Australia’s emissions.”

“Australians have been living through a coal-fired crisis for months now, with homes destroyed, lives lost, and air so heavily polluted by bushfire smoke that it’s not safe to be outside.”

“If the Federal Government is to protect Australian families from the worsening impacts of climate change, they need to cut the spin and rhetoric, listen to the experts demanding an immediate phase-out of fossil fuels, and get out of bed with the coal industry, which is what’s keeping our elected officials from taking meaningful action on climate change.”

“The Morrison Government needs to take action to keep Australians safe from the worsening impacts of climate change, starting with keeping coal in the ground, and shifting Australia to 100% renewable energy.”

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