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Scientists urge Government to Not Approve Coal Mines in New South Wales

Coal News - Published on Thu, 31 Oct 2019

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Sydney Morning Herald reported that scientists have urged the Premier of New South Wales Ms Gladys Berejiklian government not to relinquish to pressure from the coal lobby, as it moves to stop planning authorities from considering greenhouse gas emissions in mining decisions. In an open letter to the NSW government, signed by more than 40 scientists, climate experts, economists and academics, the group said the so-called scope three emissions generated by burning coal were the "main source" of emissions from coal mined in NSW. They said "We strongly urge the NSW government not to cave in to pressure from coal lobbyists to overrule NSW laws that require the full climate impact to be considered in the assessment of new coal mines.”

Signatories to the letter include climate scientists: Professor Will Steffen, from the Australian National University, Professor Katrin Meissner from the UNSW's Climate Change Research Centre, Professor Steven Sherwood from the ARC Centre of Excellent for Climate Extremes and former chairman of the Australian Coal Association Ian Dunlop

The letter was released as Planning Minister Rob Stokes introduced a bill into Parliament to stop consent conditions relating to global greenhouse gas emissions from export coal being imposed on NSW mining projects.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 31 Oct 2019
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