Leave it in the ground

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY NEWS AND VIEWS -

THREE statis­tics emerged as be­ing of para­mount im­por­tance in last week’s Guardian Australia ‘ leave it in the ground’ cam­paign - 2 de­grees Cel­sius; the thresh­old for danger­ous cli­mate warm­ing; 565 gi­ga­tons of car­bon : this would bring the in­crease in the Earth’s tem­per­a­ture up to that two de­grees Cel­sius; 2795 gi­ga­tons; if all the fos­sil fu­els al­ready lo­cated were to be burnt then this would be the amount of car­bon re­leased into the at­mos­phere.

It would be ab­so­lutely cat­a­strophic.

And yet min­ing com­pa­nies are still search­ing for even more re­serves of fos­sil fu­els with the help of gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies.

Global warm­ing did not even rate a men­tion in the fed­eral gov­ern­ment ‘s in­ter­gen­er­a­tional re­port. Can any­one imag­ine a worse le­gacy to hand down to our grand­kids?

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