Environment

Feb 7, 2018

Bigger than Adani: the NT ‘carbon bomb’ waiting to explode

By itself, Queensland’s proposed Adani coal mine would result in 5 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide greenhouse gas emissions. Clearly, Adani is a "carbon-bomb".

Tim Forcey

Energy adviser and chemical engineer

In the northern summer of 2016, an unprecedented heat-wave spread across Asia. Maximum temperatures reached 52.4 degrees centigrade. The Indian government reported that heat stress killed at least 580 people from March to May.

In India, heat waves are not new. But in addition to the temperature records broken, what the global scientific community found especially remarkable about the heat wave was that, for the first time, researchers determined that this extreme warmth "would not have been possible without climate change". The researchers concluded that "all of the risk" of these extremely high temperatures can be attributed to human-induced global warming.

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8 thoughts on “Bigger than Adani: the NT ‘carbon bomb’ waiting to explode

  1. 124C4U

    I was in company with some Aboriginal People a few days back at a social event. During the conversation some of them were complaining that for the first time ever they were getting sunburn. They were of a darker skin tone as well not a light skin tone. We all had a good laugh about it, but it must tell us something.

  2. Jay Lawson

    >provided that the industry establishes new and novel codes of practice.
    I think that a good deal more would be needed than a code of practice. Compliance requires full time on-site inspectors, and even then who can prove what has actually happened at the bottom of the 4km hole?

  3. Anne M F

    Anyone with children should, I think, be concerned about the future of Australia and the effects of climate change. Our governments just concentrate on the dollars to be made from mining and fracking. I wonder if the penny will ever drop?

  4. zut alors

    It’s bad enough that corporations are hellbent on ruining the earth’s atmosphere but, at the same time, they are threatening our water table.

    Let’s see how the situation unfolds in Cape Town in April once there’s no potable water. A glimpse into the future for parts of fracked Australia?

  5. Karen Hutchinson

    How can we continue to be the frog in the pot on the stove, gradually turning up the heat just slowly enough not to realise we have boiled ourselves to death?

  6. AR

    Between 70-90% of our agricultural produce which is really soil mining, 98% of our mineral resources and the 80% of our coal is exported .
    The current population could easily live on the eastern coastal strip… oh, wait.
    So really, this island continent is either a lifeboat for the 222ndC or a Petrie dish.

  7. pritu

    Was this the same team of scientists that told us cigarettes did not a factor in lung cancer?

  8. Vivienne Doonar

    If we don’t stop them its all over.

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