Monday, May 22, 2017

New coalmines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds

New coalmines will leave more people in poverty, Oxfam has said in a new report, calling on Australia to commit to no new coalmines and to end public subsidies for coalmining.

 An Oxfam report says the climate change impacts of coal-fired
power will disproportionately affect the world’s poor. 
The report comes as the Queensland and federal governments continue to push for the controversial Adani coalmine in the Galilee basin, signalling potential infrastructure support and “royalty holidays”.

The government’s support for the mine, which would be the biggest in Australia, has been met with a fierce campaign of resistance from environmental, legal, social justice and human rights groups.

Read Ben Doherty’s story on The Guardian - “New coalmines will worsen poverty and escalate climate change, report finds.”

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