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As Bloomberg Green recently reported, “as the leader of one of the few developed nations yet to commit to net-zero emissions, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just become even more isolated.
Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election means the U.S. will join a growing list of nations making the pledge, including some of Australia’s biggest customers of fossil-fuel exports such as Japan, China and South Korea.”
Despite Australia’s record destructive wildfires, PM Morrison had a nonchalant attitude toward their root causes and resisted public pressure to act on climate change. And now that Morrison won’t commit to achieving net-zero climate emissions by 2050, Australia will be branded as a standout climate laggard.
Why This Matters: President Trump has given cover to other world leaders who also dismiss science and blatantly cozy up to fossil fuel industries. But when his term ends, and a new era of climate progress begins and the United States can begin to use its foreign policy to push nations to make more stringent climate commitments.
Australia, for its part, is among the top per-capita carbon polluters in the developed world and could be left with few allies if it remains resistant to climate action.
“There’s no cover any longer with this,” Bamsey said. “I think in Joe Biden’s first conversation with Scott Morrison, or the second, climate change will be mentioned. It’s been such an important part of his campaign and he clearly recognises the economic imperative for change.”
By Dr. Julio Friedmann As Congress prepares major climate legislation and President Biden looks to take more executive action, net-zero emissions has become the science-based star of the show. That show features a climate solution that is often overlooked – undiscovered and waiting in the wings. Carbon dioxide removal (CDR), which pulls carbon dioxide (CO2) […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer UN Climate Change has published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, which evaluated information from 75 parties to the Paris agreement representing 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The results: “governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the […]
Why this Matters: Under the Paris Agreement, nations agreed to prevent the rise in global temperature from reaching two degrees Celsius and keeping the rise under 1.5 degrees celsius, but that won’t be possible if our emissions start going up again.
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