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Australia Needs to Stop Burning Coal

Posted on 26 December 2019

As the climate crisis develops, countries around the world are doing their best to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees in order to avoid massive environmental catastrophes. Now, a new report has stated that Australia needs to stop using coal by 2030 if the country wants to help keep global warming within the 1.5-degree limit. 

The report was released by non-profit climate science and policy institute Climate Analytics, which emphasised that the Australian government has to create a national plan to phase out coal. Getting rid of coal would involve shutting down coal-powered plants as quickly as possible and switching to renewable energy sources. While plants are slowly closing, they’re not doing so fast enough. Since 2012, only 10 have stopped operating.  

Currently, there are still 19 plants around Australia that provide around 60% of the country’s electricity. This makes Australia the only OECD country (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which has 36 member countries) in the G20 (a group of 20 of the world’s biggest economies) that relies on coal for more than half of its energy.