/ 11 August 2021

A climate blamestorm sweeps the world

A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola, Australia, on Tuesday, Dec. 31 2019. This fire season has been one of the worst in Australia's history, with at least 15 people killed, hundreds of homes destroyed and millions of acres burned.  (Matthew Abbott/The New York Times)
A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Lake Conjola, Australia, on Tuesday, Dec. 31 2019. This fire season has been one of the worst in Australia's history, with at least 15 people killed, hundreds of homes destroyed and millions of acres burned. (Matthew Abbott/The New York Times)

The great big climate change report put out by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicting that a global temperature rise of 1.5C would be here in time for the Brissie Olympics has set off a serious round of finger-pointing. PM Scott Morrison was quick out of the gates yesterday, saying Australia should act to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, and it is. But “we cannot ignore the fact that the developing world accounts for two-thirds of global emissions, and those emissions are rising,” he said. Outside and inside the parliament, Morrison was told to do more to lower greenhouse gas emissions – a position not supported by Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce. He was set to deliver a National Press Club Address today but is at home due to the COVID lockdown of Armidale. Morrison isn’t the only national leader copping heat from the report – UK’s Boris JohnsonAmerica’s Joe Biden, and Canada’s Justin Trudeau also faced criticism yesterday for not doing enough to stave off a global climate cluster disaster.

Image source: Matthew Abbott

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