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Australia's climate change denial will inflame China tensions

Beijing will punish Canberra for its stubborn refusal to take action

| Australia
Scott Morrison appears unlikely to change course.   © Getty Images

Nick Butler is a visiting professor at King's College London and a former senior executive at energy company BP.

Australia's leaders may be in denial about climate change -- quoting incomplete science and uncertainty about the linkage between carbon concentration and extreme weather. But it is going to be much harder for them to deny the immediate reality of political and economic action being taken by the country's key trading partners.

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