/ 11 November 2021

COP to call on Oz to have another go

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Remember back in school, there was a subject that didn’t come easy? Big homework assignments were ugh, and it felt great when you were done – but the horror when you were told it wasn’t good enough and to have another go? Well, that looks set to happen to Australia with a draft decision paper released at the COP26 climate change summit overnight urging several countries to set more ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets by November next year. Australia has signed up to net zero by 2050, but did not shift the short term target. PM Scott Morrison says we will “meet and beat” the promise to lower emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030 – a promise made in 2015. Officials at the COP are worried that with all the plans on the table, it isn’t enough to lock in global warming at a max 1.5-2C by the end of the century.

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