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Murdoch University climate scientist Dr. Jatin Kala says coal needs to stay in the ground and fossil fuel emissions phased to net-zero starting now in order to limit global warming and its disastrous impacts.
Speaking at a seminar on the regulation of greenhouse gases for the National Environmental Law Association, Dr. Kala warned that under current projections, the globe is likely to be warmer by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2050.
Approval - Projects - Adani - Coal - Mine
The approval of recent projects such as the Adani coal mine in Queensland go against the required global effort in keeping coal in the ground, he said.
"All of our efforts should instead be on renewable energy sources. The long-term consequences of global warming far outweigh any short-term economic benefits of coal mining for energy production," Dr. Kala said.
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"Clear Federal policies, legislation and guidelines are required to help achieve this gaol, which would bring Australia in line with other countries that have committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by the second half of the century.
"Storing and capturing carbon will not be enough to offset all our current emissions. The scale in the reductions required means we have no choice but to bring the burning of fossil fuels to an end as soon as we can."
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According to 2015 figures, 86 percent of Australia's electricity...
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