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Australia's Decade of Burning Environmental Apathy

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Orroral Valley fire in Australia January 2020

By Edward CavanoughThis story originally appeared in The Nation and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration to strengthen coverage of the climate story.

The country is paying a deadly price for its conservative politicians’ climate denialism. 

Australia Appoints “Mr Coal” As New Climate Change Minister

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Australia’s new climate change minister is an MP once dubbed “Mr Coal” who believes the climate polluting fossil fuel is the secret to lifting the world's poorest countries out of poverty.

Re-elected conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put Liberal Party MP Josh Frydenberg, the former resources minister, in charge of the country’s climate policy.

Frydenberg replaces MP Greg Hunt who, as environment and climate change minister, was responsible for approving the largest coal mine in Australian history — the giant Adani Carmichael mine in the country’s Galilee Basin.

Will Australia's New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Be A Climate Hawk?

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Australia’s new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is probably the nearest the country’s conservative ranks have to a climate hawk.

During his short ten years in public office as a member of the Liberal Party, Turnbull has been a staunch defender of climate change science and an advocate for tackling rising greenhouse gas emissions as a “risk management” issue for the planet. 

Late Monday, Turnbull challenged Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party and within half a day, had been voted the new leader, 54 to 45.

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