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As #Australia reels from unprecedented bushfires, the disconnect between its vulnerability to #climate change and the inadequacy of its government's response is coming under international scrutiny.
We have produced a mountain of research on this -
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1/ #Australia is on fire due in large part to #climate change yet the government is looking for ways to weaken the Paris Agreement by using 40 y. o. Kyoto protocol credits to meet its 2030 targets. We show there's no legal basis for this 
bit.ly/Aus_KPCO @TheAusInstitute
2/ Our calculations show just how bad using Kyoto carryover units to meet #ParisAgreement commitments would be for #climate action: an extra 0.1˚C of warming that wld not otherwise hv occurred due to delays in energy & economic system transformation 
3/ Due to the lack of serious attempts on #climate action and reliance on “carrying over” surplus Kyoto units emissions continue to rise & are set too far outpace its “Insufficient” 2030 target, says @climateactiontr bit.ly/CAT_AUS
4/ #Australia is one of the worst performers in the #G20 when it comes to tackling #climate change, according to the 2019 Brown to Green Report #B2Greport bit.ly/B2G2019_Aus @ClimateT_G20
5/ #Australia is far behind similar economies in terms of pollution per person and emissions intensity of our economy; its emissions are rising - see our series of factsheets
bit.ly/ACF_Aus @AusConservation
6/ #Australia's industry - a major source of carbon emissions - is inefficient and standing still compared with similar developed nations
bit.ly/Aus_industry @AusConservation
7/ #Australia’s combined vehicle fleet of 19.2 million vehicles is one of the world’s most polluting and least efficient; transport emissions are rising
bit.ly/Aus_transport @AusConservation
8/ #Australia has one of the most polluting power grids in the world with 62% of electricity generation coming from #coal
bit.ly/Aus_power @AusConservation
9/ #Australia's climate governance is rated 'poor'  - the govt undermines adequate mitigation, supports fossil fuel industry, ignores #climate research & ntnl & intn'l expert advice, will not submit a more ambitious 2030 target under the #ParisAgreement climateactiontracker.org/documents/653/…
10/ #Australia needs a 44-61% emissions reduction by 2030 below 2005 levels to be in line with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C goal bit.ly/Aus_targets
11/ So what can #Australia do at home? Crucial step: its power sector must exit #coal by 2030 for Australia to play its part in the #climate fight
bit.ly/Aus_CoalPO @AusBeyondCoal
12/ Internationally? Australia's fossil fuel plans threaten global #climate goals. If these plans go ahead, by 2030, #Australia would be responsible for about 13% of the greenhouse gases that can be emitted if the world is to reach #ParisAgreement goals
13/ Australia has now passed Qatar to become the world's largest #LNG exporter. Gas is not a "bridging fuel" - and needs to be brought close to zero to be Paris Agreement compatible. There is a huge potential for other energy exports - see WA report below smh.com.au/business/the-e…
14/ The 2019  #ProductionGap report shows that in 2030, countries are planning to extract
⚫️6 bn tonnes of unburnable coal
🛢️15 bn barrels of unburnable oil
🔥2,000 bn cubic meters of unburnable gas
that will take us beyond #1o5C. Aus plays a big part
15/ Aus states have a key role to play in #climate action & opportunities to reap - eg. #Queensland shld reduce energy & industry emissions - by 58% by 2030 & ditch #coal to be in line w. #ParisAgreement & protecting the #GreatBarrierReef bit.ly/QLD_CB @AustMarConsSoc
16/ #WesternAustralia - without acting to reduce its #emissions, the state is likely to use up its #ParisAgreement 1.5°C compatible carbon budget within 12 years 
17/ #WesternAustralia's plans to develop more #gas have huge national and international implications for #climate action
18/ But #WesternAustralia is well-placed for an #energy transition, with various minerals needed for renewable technologies and proximity to potential markets for green hydrogen smh.com.au/national/how-w…
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