Australia’s coal mining industry is facing the biggest environmental disaster in its history.
A report released this week by a panel of independent experts says the mining sector needs to do more to address its “corrosive legacy” in the face of climate change.
“A national strategy for coal mining is urgently needed to address the environmental impacts of coal mining, the report states, adding that “coal mining has contributed to climate change by creating pollution and carbon emissions and by exacerbating existing climate change risks.
“The panel, which includes senior government and business experts, has called on governments to “get their act together” to address climate change, including introducing a national carbon pricing system and reducing the environmental footprint of coal mines.
The report says that the “coal bucket” of mining is a “huge, and largely unexplored, source of CO2” that is “unnecessarily burning coal” in Australia and could be “unraveling and poisoning our air, water and land”.
It also says the country needs to tackle its “systemic” pollution problem, which “is a legacy of decades of environmental neglect and exploitation”.
The report also recommends “significant” changes to the mining industry.
For example, it recommends that mining companies use “real” coal to extract their own coal, and that mining corporations should “reduce their reliance on coal” by “increasingly adopting clean energy”.”
This is an important step towards addressing the coal bucket and will require major changes in Australia,” the report says.
But the report’s recommendations also focus on what “is really going on” in mining companies and how they “should respond to environmental problems”.
It is also the case that the industry has been repeatedly and deliberately undermining the environmental protections afforded to it by Parliament,” it added. “
This is particularly the case in the mining of coal seam gas and oil, where the risk of toxic emissions from this highly toxic and highly polluting product is increasing.”
“It is also the case that the industry has been repeatedly and deliberately undermining the environmental protections afforded to it by Parliament,” it added.
“Its continued failure to deliver the environmental benefit that is expected is unacceptable.”
The report recommends the “government should establish an independent review panel” to “assess the mining companies’ current environmental performance, assess their environmental impacts and determine the best ways to deliver better environmental performance.”
“The review should assess the adequacy of their mitigation measures, and recommend the measures that would best deliver the benefits that are expected of them,” it said.
In its response, a spokesman for the Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, said the panel’s report “was commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia and its members.””MCA has no position on the report, it was reviewed by a group of independent researchers, and the review was unanimously endorsed by the panel,” the spokesman said.
“It has been prepared by a team of experts, including climate change experts, and it will be published in the Federal Register on the 30 June 2018.”
He said the report found that the current mining sector “has been very badly damaged by climate change”.
“The coal bucket has contributed significantly to climate damage in Australia, with CO2 emissions, CO2 pollution and water pollution contributing to climate impacts that are already being experienced in other countries,” the Miner, Coal and Mining Industry Association said in a statement.
“The Minerals Commission has consistently warned that mining is one of the main drivers of climate-related climate change in Australia.”
Mining companies must take a lead role in the climate-resilient mining sector, by reducing their CO2 footprint, improving water quality, reducing pollution and developing more sustainable technologies.
“They also need to act to protect the environment, as it is not just their coal-fired power plants that are polluting our air and water.”
This report is yet another reminder that the mining and mining industries in Australia are the key drivers of global warming, and are a key contributor to climate disruption and pollution.
“The Miner, Copper and Mining Association said the coal industry had been “in the grip of a crippling, decades-long pollution problem” since the 1970s, which was “now largely under control”.
The Miner’s Association is an industry lobby group, and is made up of the biggest mining companies in Australia including Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Royal Dutch Shell, and Rio Tanden.
It said the review found that “corporate leadership is required to recognise the climate change threat and action to address it”.”
Corporate leaders are also needed to take a responsible approach to addressing the climate impacts associated with the mining boom,” the statement added.”
For too long, coal companies have ignored the reality that coal is an intrinsically hazardous material that is, in fact, an “all-purpose” fuel that is both toxic and polluting.
“That is now changing.
As a result of this review, the industry is finally recognising that coal mining has a direct