Posts Tagged ‘Greenpeace’

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Aussie coal exports 2nd biggest “carbon bomb”

24 January 2013

A new report by consultancy Ecofys for Greenpeace, called Point of No Return, details 14 proposed fossil fuel projects, dubbed “carbon bombs”, that would together effectively lock in dangerous climate change.

Carbon bombs map

If the 14 projects go ahead, they would add 6.3 Gt/year (greater than present US emissions) to global CO2 emissions in 2020, a 20% increase at a time when we urgently need to cut global emissions as fast as possible. They would add 300 Gt CO2 to the atmosphere by 2050, about a third of the carbon budget for 2010-2050 required for a 75% chance of avoiding 2°C of global warming, the level which the world’s governments have agreed to prevent. They would keep us on the business-as-usual pathway that leads to an unimaginably catastrophic 6°C by 2100. Thus it is imperative that these fossil fuels be left in the ground. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Galilee coal mines to export climate change

26 September 2012

As the Arctic sea ice melts, Greenpeace has released a new report on the Australian coal export boom, focusing on the Galilee Basin in Queensland, Australia.

The report summarizes plans by coal companies to build nine “mega-mines” in the Galilee Basin for export. If these projects go ahead, the CO2 emissions from the burning of the exported coal will dwarf Australia’s domestic emissions. In addition to the climate impacts, they could also have massive local impacts.

Image source: Greenpeace

The largest coal mine in Australia today is Loy Yang, producing 30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa). Five of the nine proposed Galilee Basin mines would be bigger than Loy Yang. Read the rest of this entry ?

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An unsurprising anti-coal campaign plan

6 March 2012

The Australian Financial Review today revealed a leaked Greenpeace document containing the startling revelation that environmentalists oppose the coal industry.

The document, entitled Stopping the Australian Coal Export Boom, seeks to raise millions of dollars for a campaign against the expansion of the Australian coal industry. This isn’t particularly surprising: it is only logical that we need a strategy to get from Point A (Australia’s leaders believing fossil fuels are the best thing since sliced bread) to Point B (zero or nearly zero fossil fuels being burned) as quickly as possible.

The document notes the next two years are an important window to stop massive investments being locked in, and an opportunity to influence government through the Greens and independent crossbenchers who hold the balance of power in Parliament. I agree; science tells us time is fast running out, and the next couple of years will be critical.

It’s actually a pretty good campaign strategy – just what is needed to get the Australian climate movement back in motion. It lists six steps to be taken; here are my thoughts on each one:

  1. “Disrupt and delay key infrastructure.” The underway expansion of the Australian fossil fuel industry is monstrous in scale, with plans to double or triple fossil fuel exports in the near future. Both major political parties refuse to do anything to stop it, happy to sit back and watch the profits flow in. In these extraordinary circumstances it makes sense for citizens to take matters into our own hands. The document proposes legal challenges against new mines, rail lines, and port expansions. Read the rest of this entry ?