Australia to become one of the “world’s worst” contributors to climate crisis
Australia is set to become one of the “world’s worst” contributors to the climate disaster, according to new research from Berlin-based science and policy institute Climate Analytics.
According to the research, Australia could be responsible for 17% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Australia’s current global climate footprint is around 5%, which includes emissions from Australia’s coal, gas and oil emissions (3.6% of global total) and domestic emissions (1.4% of global total).
The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said Australia is on track to become one of the highest contributors to a climate disaster.
Gavan McFadzean, the Climate Change and Clean Energy Program Manager at the ACF, said: “Australia is now the number one exporter of both coal and gas and we are scheduled to push that off the charts in the next 10 years.”
Currently, exported emissions are not counted in current greenhouse accounting rules.
“We are fortunate to have many of our emissions counted elsewhere but that doesn’t mean we’re not responsible for them,” Mr McFadzean said.
“When we add Australia’s exported emissions to our domestic emissions, Australia rockets to equal fifth on the list of major global climate polluters, alongside Russia and behind only India, the European Union, the USA and China.”
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