Australia’s CO2 emissions have been rising steadily for the past few decades. It’s been number two in per capita emissions behind America for quite some time, so its overtaking us in emissions is not unprecedented. It’s primarily due to its dependence on coal to generate energy that makes it such a big polluter. Australia is abundant in fossil fuels–it’s the world’s largest exporter of coal, so it has little incentive to switch to clean technologies. It’s mining industries are also extremely energy intensive. Plus, Australia’s population is dispersed with long distances between cities, making transport costs high.
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