(CNN)Deep in northeast Australia’s outback, underneath grassy eucalypt woodlands and vast grazing lands scattered with cattle stations, lies one of the world’s largest known untapped coal reserves. Queensland’s Galilee Basin, an area roughly the size of Britain, is set to produce its first coal in 2021, to be moved by rail 300 kilometers to the coast, where it will be loaded onto cargo ships that will sail through the Great Barrier Reef to ship it to Asia. The controversial Carmichael mine has become a symbol of the environmental split that has emerged in 21st century Australia. As the country experiences devastating bush fires and record temperatures, public opinion is in favor of greater action on the climate crisis, protecting the country’s precious natural heritage, and investments in renewable energy, surveys show, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government remain entwined with the powerful fossil fuel industry. That’s made Australia an outlier among the big global economies. Earlier this year, US President-elect Joe Biden pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050. China, South Korea, and Japan all made similar pledges this year, as did the UK and the EU in 2019. The beginning of the Carmichael River, which will… Read full this story
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