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Fuel on the fire: Australia’s climate change dilemma

It is a tragic but inescapable irony that one of the world’s leading exporters of fossil fuels, Australia, is experiencing the most extreme effects of global warming

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

5th January, 2020
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has tried to distance the role of climate change from the current wildfires. Picture: Glen Morey/AP/Shutterstock

As fires wreaked havoc in Australia in recent weeks, the role that the country’s coal and gas exports played in fuelling them imbued the devastation with a tragic irony.

Global average temperatures have been driven relentlessly upward over the last 100 years as a result of climbing greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Australia itself has been at the sharp end of this change, heating substantially faster than most other countries.


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