Australian Coal: Should It Be Left in the Ground?

Authors

  • Hans Baer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-066-01-2014-05_3

Keywords:

Climate Change, Ecology, Political Economy

Abstract

Many Australians view themselves as living in a "lucky country" because it has an abundance of mineral resources. James Goodman and David Worth, however, maintain that the mining boom has been a "curse" in disguise. It has sharpened socioeconomic and community divisions, contributed to political conflict, and resulted in "ecological mal-development" with serious environmental consequences. This applies to coal in that it not only contributes to air and water pollution, but is also a major source of carbon dioxide emissions and thus a major contributor to climate change.

Published

2014-05-03

Issue

Section

Articles