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November 6, 2014 Welp, that’s no good

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Bad news for anyone who loves the environment: Australia has just been nominated as the dirtiest polluter in the developed world, per person. The only way that’s going to change is if we make the effort.

According to the article:

Australians’ per-capita carbon emissions are the highest of any major developed country in the world. Welcome to the Saudi Arabia of the South Pacific. No, Australia isn’t a theocracy, and oil isn’t the source of its fossil-fuel riches. But it is the world’s second-largest exporter of coal and third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, and minerals and fuels account for nearly 50 percent of its export revenues. Its per-capita carbon emissions actually exceed those of Saudi Arabia. And its behavior of late is beginning to bear an ugly resemblance to those petro-states whose governments seem to exist chiefly to guarantee the spectacular profits of the fossil-fuel industry.

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