Unburnable Carbon: Why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground

09.05.15 By

This new report reveals that the pollution from Australia’s coal resources, particularly the enormous Galilee coal basin, could take us two-thirds of the way to a two degree rise in global temperature.

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4 KEY FINDINGS

1. To tackle climate change, 195 countries around the world, including Australia, have agreed to keep global temperature rise to no more than 2°C.

 

2. Most of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, unburned, to keep global temperature rise to no more than 2°C.

3. Australia is potentially a huge contributor to global CO2 emissions through domestic use and exports. Use of our coal must be severely constrained to tackle climate change effectively.

 

4. The remaining carbon budget is decreasing rapidly. This is the critical decade to get emissions tracking downwards and to move investment away from fossil fuels.

 

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