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The Aukus deal is a crime against the world’s climate future. It didn’t have to be like this

By Jeff Sparrow

20 Mar 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Australia faces a daunting future. The Guardian argues that by the time the country receives its first nuclear submarines, an ecological collapse will have completely changed the shape of our world.

Under the terms of the government’s nuclear submarine purchase, the first Australian-built Aukus class vessels come into service in the early 2040s. What else might be happening then?

According to the IPCC, at current rates, the planet will have warmed more than 1.5C above its pre-industrial state. In fact, many scientists believe temperatures could smash the 1.5C barrier as soon as 2030 or 2035 – that is, around about when Australia receives the first of its Virginia-class nuclear subs.

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