“If Kevin Rudd is sincere about taking ‘any threat to the Great Barrier Reef fundamentally seriously’ he should perhaps be looking more closely at the cargo on the ship”

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  1. Well said David Wachenfeld. Anna Bligh may also want to seriously think about QLD’s coal exports in relation to the State’s most valuable icon.

    For example:

    “In 2008, the state’s 54 coal mines produced a record 188 million tonnes of coal. We are a major player in the international coal market, with Queensland coal exports accounting for some 20% of the global trade.”

    “With current expansion plans, the Queensland Government is looking to more than double our coal production and exports by 2030. Even at conservative estimates, this will emit an additional 460 million tonnes of CO2 per annum into the atmosphere – equivalent to the annual emissions of 65 average coal-fired power stations.”

    From http://www.sixdegrees.org.au/

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  2. For anyone interested in the issues raised in this post, the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) has a very interesting looking summit planned for 11 May 2010 in Brisbane on the topic of “Courageous Decisions: Queensland’s Economic Transition under Climate Change”.

    Speakers include Guy Pearse, author of High & Dry, who is now at the Global Change Institute at UQ.

    Topics include “coal exports” and “Queensland without the Reef”.

    Further information is available at:
    http://www.eianz.org/eventsplus/event/courageous-decisions-queenslands-economic-transition-under-climate-change

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