Former UN climate chief says world doesn’t need Australia’s ‘toxic’ coal

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Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has repudiated Australian mining giant BHP for its refusal to stop mining coal, suggesting the decision is uneconomic and poor nations do not need the “toxic” and “expensive” fossil fuel.

  • Nicole Hasham
  • The Canberra Times

BHP chief executive Andrew Mackenzie said this week the company is “not going to move away from coal mining”.

His position comes despite a warning last month by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that coal must be virtually phased out by 2050 if the world is to keep global warming below the…

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