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Australian emissions to 'far exceed' 2030 Paris pledge as need for action rises: UN


National pledges to cut carbon emissions fall well short of what's needed to avoid dangerous climate change, with Australia likely to miss its 2030 commitment by a wide margin, a United Nations body said.

The UN Environment Program's Emissions Gap 2017 report found pledges to cut pollution made at the Paris climate summit two years ago are only about one-third of what's needed to be on a "least-cost pathway" to stopping the worst effects of climate change.

The target is to stop global average temperatures from rising 2 degrees or more above pre-industrial levels. Change on that scale is expected to cause major droughts, food shortages and damaging sea level rise.

Key Points

  • Australia likely to miss its 2030 commitment by a wide margin
  • Pledges to cut pollution made at the Paris climate summit two years ago are only about one-third of what's needed
  • There is an urgent need for accelerated short-term action and enhanced longer-term national ambition, if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to remain achievable
  • More climate action and deeper commitments are needed, but it's eminently possible to achieve [the Paris climate goal]
  • It's the politics that get in the way
  • Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rose at a record pace last year, rising 3.3 parts per million to 403.3 ppm. That's the highest in as much as 5 million years
  • That's the highest in as much as 5 million years, and the last time it was this high, sea levels were as much as 20 metres higher and temperatures 2-3 degrees warmer.
  • Independent analyses "confirm that the emissions are set to far exceed" the target, it said.
  • the National Energy Guarantee, doesn't require the electricity sector to do the 'heavy lifting', which shifts the burden to agriculture, industry and transport, where there are no effective policies for pollution reduction at all

We are already behind the curve so what do we do ?

Build the biggest coal mine in the world and new coal fired power station



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