/ 28 October 2021

Climate cleanup

Reports this morning say PM Morrison will include Australia’s short term forecast of a 35% cut to greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in the paperwork that gets lodged at the United Nations summit in Glasgow next week. It adds to the new commitment of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 but won’t be considered a binding target. And because these things won’t be legislated here, Labor and the Greens have dismissed the forecasts saying they have no force. The Coalition continues to defend its approach saying it has runs on the board with emissions reducing by 20% since 2005 as the economy has grown by 45%. Morrison leaves this arvo for Rome, where he will attend the G20, and then it’s onto the COP26 summit. Not going to the climate showdown: Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, India’s Narendra Modi and Indonesia’s Joko Widodo.

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