When we burn coal we change the biosphere.
As James Hansen says, ‘if we burned all of the coal in the ground, the planet is cooked.
It would result in temperature rise of several degrees and sea level rise of tens of metres.’
So do we continue down that road, or change?
There are encouraging signs, with the price of renewable energy falling. But there is vast investment in coal.
Mining companies are looking to increase production.
Tom Morton visits Germany, India and northern NSW where plans are underway for new and bigger coal mines. Local people are fighting back, to save their traditional lands, their ancient villages, animal corridors and rich agricultural lands, all of which are threatened by the ongoing march of coal.
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