Climate scientist from Murdoch University Dr. Jatin Kala says coal wants to stay in the ground and fossil fuel emissions phased to net-zero starting now as a way to restrict global warming and its disastrous impacts.
Speaking at a seminar on the regulation of greenhouse gases for the National Environmental Law Association, Dr. Kala warned that under current projections, the globe is more likely to be warmer by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2050.
The approval of recent projects such because the Adani coal mine in Queensland go against the required global effort in keeping coal within the floor, he mentioned.
“All of our efforts should instead be on renewable energy sources. The long-term consequences of global warming far outweigh any brief-time period economic benefits of coal mining for energy production,” Dr. Kala mentioned.
Based on 2015 figures, 86 % of Australia’s electricity is generated from fossil fuel energy sources like coal and gas. Renewable power sources like hydropower, wind, and rooftop solar panels make up the remainder.
Under the Paris Agreement, Australia has committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 % below 2005 levels by 2030.
CO2 and different emissions have already resulted in average global warming of 1°C above pre-industrial ranges, with more significant figures recorded in regional areas like South-West Western Australia.
Dr. Kala was one of many lead authors on the latest report from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that warned even limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial ranges might nonetheless have dire consequences for Western Australia and different components of Australia.
Dr. Kala also advised the seminar that climate extremes would enhance the depth and frequency of impacts like power blackouts, water restrictions, flooding, and coral bleaching.
“Projections are showing that impacts at 2°C of warming as opposed to 1.5°C are considerably worse,” he stated.