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Surprising findings from Climate of the Nation report

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Brief: Almost three quarters of Queenslanders agree coal-fired power stations should be phased out either as soon as possible or gradually, according to the Australia Institute’s 2019 Climate of the Nation report.

The majority of Australians believe the Federal government should set a target of net zero emissions by 2050 and 62 per cent support the idea of funding climate adaptions and disaster responses via a levy on fossil fuel exports.

The national survey also revealed the extent to which Australians overestimate the economic significance of the nation’s coal mining, on average, believing coal mining contributes 12.5 per cent to our gross domestic products (it makes up 2.2 per cent) and employs 9.3 per cent of the workforce (it employs only 0.4 per cent).

Read more on The Green List: What Australians really think about climate change.

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