Australia remains the most polluting country for the developed world and cannot keep going, even though it is promises to achieve a zero net emissions by 2050, according to a new report by the Council on Climate Change.

Australia is performing worst among similar industrialised countries since countries committed in the 2015 Paris Agreement to taking steps to curb global warming, a Think Tank said Thursday before a major climate change conference in Scotland later this month.

Parties to the Paris Agreement have committed to limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees centigrade (below the pre-industrial level, preferably 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit).

The meeting in Glasgow is widely regarded as the final chance of keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will also be in attendance but is in negotiations with the Nationals to obtain a majority to achieve a net zero emissions target for 2050.

In a foreword to the Environment and Production Report for the UN Environment Programme, From Paris to Glasgow, the Prime Minister of Fiji, Mr Frank Bainimarama, called on the countries to make fresh commitments to a deep reduction of emissions of 50% or more by 2030 at COP26 and to achieve a net zero reduction by 2050.

Simon Bradshaw, chief research economist and lead author of the Climate Council, said Australia had disguised the true emissions situation.

Emission reduction is a politically divisive issue in Australia, which is one of the biggest exporters of coal and liquefied natural gas in the world.

Will Steffen

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Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. He assumed office in August 2018 upon his election as leader of the Liberal Party. (wikipedia)


Tim Flannery

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Council of the European Union

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Frank Bainimarama

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Greenhouse gas emissions by Australia

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Greenhouse gas emissions by Australia totalled 533 million tonnes CO2-equivalent based on Greenhouse Gas national inventory report data for 2019; representing per capita CO2e emissions of 21 tons, (wikipedia)