No New Coal Mines
For the leaders of Pacific nations that lie just metres above sea level, climate change is a matter of life and death.
That's why His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of the Republic of Kiribati, wrote to world leaders ahead of the Paris climate summit, asking them to back a global moratorium on new coal mines and coal mine expansions.
"What we are talking about is survival, it's not about economic development... it's not politics, it's survival," - President Tong.
Several other Pacific Island nations immediately backed the President's call, calling for global moratorium on new coal mines, and for carbon emissions to be capped at a level that will stop global average temperatures rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius when they appeared before the United Nations.
Since No New Coal Mines was launched, the United States, China and Indonesia have announced domestic moratoria on new coal mines.
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In case you missed it this week.
The UK is promising to close plants by 2023 because greenhouse gases;
Citigroup is withdrawing funding for coal;
the cost of wind and solar is falling worldwide;
new research shows how coal & gas industry get their way in QLD;
and Pacific Climate Warriors meet Pope Francis.
In case you missed it.
Our top-five takeaways for this week: the world falls well short on climate pledges; make coal companies pay to clean up their own mess; is Glencore the resource sector's Lehman Brothers?; half of global coal output not worth digging up; and research shows that 6 out of 10 Australians think Big Business and Mining Companies have too much influence.