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Australia criticised for inaction on climate change

November 15, 2017 5:31 pm

Australia has again been shamed on the world stage for its inaction on climate change.

Its taken 57th place out of 60 countries ranked in the 2018 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) report.

Australia was named among the “very low-performing countries” in three of the four categories the CCPI ranking is based on – greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and climate policy.

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Australia was also listed among the lowest performing countries in terms of renewable energy.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Deputy Program Director, Susannah Compton says Australia’s climate inaction is an anchor dragging down global progress towards limiting warming to 1.5C.

Australia now urgently needs to strengthen its 2030 targets on emissions reductions and renewables, and announce credible policy pathways to meet them.

The news comes around two weeks after the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) ‘Emissions Gap’ report found that Australia was on track to miss its Paris Agreement commitments by a significant margin.

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