Friday January 24, 2020

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

@danieltmurray
5th January, 2020
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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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