25 Sep '14, 3pm

China's war on pollution could leave Australia dirty coal out in cold: Ecologist

China's war on pollution could leave Australia dirty coal out in cold: Ecologist

if Australia wants to remain an energy exporter far into the future, it should focus on developing renewable energy products. China's recent move to limit imports of the dirtiest coal from 2015 onwards is a scary prospect for Australian miners. The proposed restrictions will ban the burning of coal with high levels of ash or sulphur in areas around major cities, as the Beijing government battles its pollution crisis. Analysts say that as much as half of the thermal coal currently shipped from Australia to China could run afoul of the new measures. The exact effects on Australia's coal export market are hard to predict, and will doubtless vary between different companies and coalmining regions. But what is clear is that unless it can find some new customers, the sector is likely to find itself in trouble. Aussie coal - a mainstay of the economy Australia is the world's four...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2570105/ch...

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