26 Jun '15, 11am
Australia Named Worst Carbon Polluter Per Capita Among Western Nations
Scientists have pointed to the expansion of the coal seam gas industry (CSG) as partly responsible for the high emissions. Using controversial fracking methods to extract the gas, the CSG industry also faces criticism for its damaging health and environmental effects. The new Australian government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has also been under heavy fire for their dismissive attitude towards the threat of global warming. The government, which chose not to send an environmental minister to the UN climate conference in Warsaw, also recently announced their controversial plans to repeal the country’s carbon tax.