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]