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Sept. 19 News: Nine Planned Australian Mines Would Release More CO2 Than The Entire UK Economy

By Stephen Lacey

"Sept. 19 News: Nine Planned Australian Mines Would Release More CO2 Than The Entire UK Economy"

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Plans to open up a new Australian “coal export rush” would turn a single Queensland region into the seventh largest contributor of carbon dioxide emissions on the planet, undermining international efforts to keep global warming below 2C, a new report has warned. [Guardian]

Nine proposed “mega mines” in the Galilee Basin would, at full capacity, result in 705m tonnes of CO2 released into the atmosphere, according to a Greenpeace Australia analysis. This level of emissions would surpass those of all but six nations in the world. By comparison, the UK emitted 549.3 million tonnes of CO2 from all sources in 2011.

Greenpeace said that the nine mines’ production capacity of 330m tonnes of coal a year for export would represent an “unprecedented” increase in the scale of coal mining in Australia. The mines’ maximum output, primarily aimed at servicing the burgeoning Chinese and Indian markets, would nearly double Australia’s total 2010/11 coal production of 352m tonnes and eclipse its export total of 283m tonnes.

Colorado wildlife officials predicted drought conditions this spring indicated a deadly summer for bears. Now it’s known just how bad the year has been, CBS station KCNC reports. [CBS]

A recent report from “PBS NewsHour” on climate change has drawn sharp criticism from climate groups that feel it provides a false sense of debate around the facts of climate change. [Huffington Post]

A warming trend has contributed to a sharp rise in the number and size of wildfires on forest lands in the U.S. West, where big burns are likely to become the norm, according to a report released on Tuesday by a climate research group. [Chicago Tribune]

Stung by concerns that using Google is bad for the planet, the Internet search giant has revealed exactly how much electricity the company uses and how much greenhouse gases it produces in an effort to show its business model is environmentally friendly. [Associated Press]

The McRib sandwich is traditional McDonald’s fare, appearing on the menu seasonally from late October through early November. But not this year. The McDonald’s McRib is delayed until late 2012, and there is only global warming to blame. [Clarion Ledger]

Inhabitants of Tuvalu, an island country deeply threatened by rising seas, hope to convey their plight to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they arrive on the final stop of their royal tour. [New York Times]

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8 Responses to Sept. 19 News: Nine Planned Australian Mines Would Release More CO2 Than The Entire UK Economy

  1. ColoradoBob says:

    Mass slaughter of farm animals set to push food prices up 14%
    Farmers who cannot afford feed ‘liquidating’ pig and cattle herds will drive food inflation to record high, says Rabobank report

    Farmers across the world have begun a mass slaughter of their pig and cattle herds because they cannot afford the cost of feed, which has soared following the worst US drought in living memory, according to a report published on Wednesday.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/sep/19/mass-slaughter-farm-animals-food-prices

  2. Mike Roddy says:

    Mulga and Merrelyn: We need you to fight this atrocity. How can Americans help?

    • Merrelyn Emery says:

      Mike, get onto Greenpeace, Get Up or the Australian Conservation Foundation direct – they all have active campaigns under the name Save the Reef, ME

  3. ColoradoBob says:

    Great article in Nature :

    A little after noon on Sunday 26 June 2011, strong winds toppled an aspen tree onto a power line in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The year had been extraordinarily dry, and the temperatures that week had soared well above normal. When a spark from the power line ignited a fire, wind gusts spread the flames into nearby dense stands of fir and pine.

    Within an hour, ecologist Craig Allen, 55 kilometres away at his home in Santa Fe, learned about the fire in an e-mail from a US Forest Service fire manager. “I hope you guys catch this,” Allen wrote back. “We don’t need another big fire in the Jemez.”

    http://www.nature.com/news/forest-fires-burn-out-1.11424

  4. ColoradoBob says:

    ScienceDaily (Sep. 18, 2012) — During the first six months of 2012, sea surface temperatures in the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem were the highest ever recorded, according to the latest Ecosystem Advisory issued by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). Above-average temperatures were found in all parts of the ecosystem, from the ocean bottom to the sea surface and across the region, and the above average temperatures extended beyond the shelf break front to the Gulf Stream.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120918121551.htm

  5. Zweli Nyam's says:

    yaahhhhh!!!! and they are a mining company with qualified environmentalist and well educated developers who know exactly the detrimental impacts this will pose not only on the ozone depletion due to global warming but also to pending extinction of primary flora and fauna… this is just a capitalist regulated operation who only care about the environmental issues only on paper but ghost in action. who am I, un average interested and affected party who is most likely to be shut by their doing with privileges from power or what ever it is that they call ” public participation” of reverse psychology. that is precisely what happens if and when most environmental consultancies are funded by private organisation like mining companies themselves, they don’t bother going after them but rather trim the bad fats and call it an intense EIA analysis and imperative processes associated. We’ll wait for climate catastrophe, which is already evident by the way…