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From Greatest Greenhouse Polluter to Least?

[This is the first of an occasional series on what we can do to make our presence on Earth tolerable to the rest of the biosphere, and mostly should do anyway, regardless of one’s view of the dangers or possible means of salvation.  It will be filed under ‘Solutions’.]

Australia is one of the largest emitters per capita of greenhouse gases.  We are also the world’s largest exporter of coal, which is the dirtiest fuel in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.  We must therefore be the world’s worst citizens regarding global warming.  However we could be rapidly cleaning up our act, and diversifying and improving our economy in the process.

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