Risky business: health, climate and economic risks of the Carmichael coalmine

Coal Conservation Great Barrier Reef Queensland
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The Carmichael mine will be Australia’s largest coalmine with a potential lifetime of up to 60 years. Australia has very large coal deposits, but for Australia to play its role in tackling climate change, over 90% of Australia’s existing thermal coal reserves must be left in the ground unburned and no new thermal mines can be developed. This report follows on from our previous reports in 2015 titled “Galilee Basin – Unburnable Coal” and “Unburnable Carbon: Why we need to leave fossil fuels in the ground”. It outlines why – based on the “carbon budget” approach – opening up the Galilee Basin for coal mining is fundamentally at odds with global efforts to tackle climate change effectively and protect Australia from the dangerous impacts of climate change, such as more intense extreme weather events and destruction of our most iconic ecosystems including the Great Barrier Reef.

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