SEVEN key climate scientists have taken the unprecedented step of asking owners of coal-fired electricity plants to shut them down.
The group includes staff from the CSIRO, the weather bureau and lead-authors from the Nobel Prize-winning UN International Panel on Climate Change. In a letter to the owners they say: "Genuine action on climate change will require that existing coal-fired power stations cease to operate in the near future."
They express doubt about clean coal technology and say no new coal-fired plants should be built unless they can show they will produce zero emissions. Barry Brook, Barrie Pittock, James Risby and professors David Karoly, Matthew England, Ann Henderson-Sellers and Lesley Hughes signed the letter.