Ministers have bowed to Australian pressure to abandon binding climate change commitments from an Anglo-Australian Trade Agreement, according to a leaked government memo.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has embraced coal extraction, declaring that developing countries need Australian coal to grow, after a big report found that Australia needs to keep 95 per cent of its coal reserves in the ground to keep global warming below 1.5C.

In a concession condemned by environmental groups, the Department of International Trade is reported to have agreed to Aussie demands not to incorporate commitments to cap global warming to two degrees in the Paris climate accord.

Reducing emissions is a politically explosive issue in Australia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of coal and LNG.

Last month Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison declined to commit to a net-zero target by 2050, a key objective of November’s Copenhagen climate change conference in Glasgow.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has accused Mr Morrison of hampering Australia’s ability to create jobs and lower the price of renewable energy.

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