In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders  | | UN News #auspol #ClimateCrisis demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs #RaceToZero #COP26 #NoNewCoal

“At least we had an asteroid,” the carnivorous critter warns, referring to the popular theory explaining dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?” 

This isn’t a slice of real life of course, rather the key computer-generated scene from a new short film launched this Tuesday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign. 

The dinosaur then tells the audience of bewildered diplomats that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” to address the climate crisis.  

A global production 

It’s the first-ever film to be made inside the General Assembly Hall using computer-generated imagery, known as CGI, and features global celebrities voicing the dinosaur in numerous languages, including actors Eiza González (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), and Aïssa Maïga (French). 

UNDP research released as part of the campaign shows that the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels, enough to cover a COVID-19 vaccination for every person in the world or three times the annual amount needed to eradicate global extreme poverty.  

 “Think of all the other things you could do with that money. Around the world people are living in poverty. Don’t you think that helping them would make more sense than…paying for the demise of your entire species?” the dinosaur says.

In a UNDP short film, Frankie the dinosaur urges world leaders not to choose extinction.

— Read on news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1104082

Climate change activists protest inside London’s Science Museum over fossil fuel sponsorship | UK News | Sky News #ClimateCrisis #FundOurFutureNotGas #NoNewCoal #StopAdani listen to the scientists #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs

Climate activists including school pupils, university students and scientists camped in the lobby of London’s Science Museum to protest on behalf of “victims” of fossil fuel firms.

Members of the UKSCN held a protest at London’s Science Museum over fossil fuel sponsorship

Young climate activists who held a protest inside London’s Science Museum overnight have said they will be approaching the day’s first visitors to the tourist attraction to tell them about its sponsorship deals with fossil fuel companies.

The Science Museum sparked backlash last week when it announced a new gallery called Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery.

The display is being supported by a subsidiary of the Adani Group, which is a multinational conglomerate that is involved in coal extraction and coal-fired power stations.

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The protest also comes after the museum in South Kensington, central London, also recently faced criticism for its partnership with Shell to fund its Our Future Planet exhibition about carbon capture and storage and nature-based solutions to the climate crisis.

Members of the London branch of the UK Student Climate Network (UKSCN London) held a candlelight vigil for “the victims of the museum’s fossil fuel sponsors: Shell, BP, Equinor and Adani” on Tuesday night, before setting up camp and spending the night in the building’s lobby.

The group included school pupils, university students and scientists.

The Metropolitan Police said officers attended the vigil last night and no arrests were made.

Dr Alexander Penson, a biologist who took part in the sit-in, described the partnerships as “appalling”.

He said during an Instagram Live video by UKSCN London from inside the museum: “The way that they tell it is that they are working with the green energy arm of the company and they then just forget about the coal.

“We can all agree that we need new green infrastructure, that we need green jobs… but you can’t just then forget about the dirty infrastructure that we need to retire.”

The group also posted pictures on social media overnight of some of the members making origami shells in the early hours, as well as a picture of activists sleeping at 3.30am.

Earlier in June this year, UKSCN activists also tried to spend the night in the museum in protest against the Shell sponsorship.

However, they were unable to carry out their plan after they were told by police officers they could face arrest.

The museum has faced criticism for partnering with Shell to fund its Our Future Planet exhibition. Pic: PA/UKSCN

The group also previously staged demonstrations outside the Science Museum, along with activists from environmental movement Extinction Rebellion.

In a press release that announced the new Energy Revolution gallery, which is set to open in 2023, the museum said it will examine “how the world can undergo the fastest energy transition in history to curb climate change”.

Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, added: “We’re hugely grateful to Adani Green Energy for the significant financial support they are providing for this gallery.”

— Read on news.sky.com/story/climate-change-activists-protest-inside-londons-science-museum-over-fossil-fuel-sponsorship-12445708

Joint statement: Zero is good. Now we need to slash emissions in the most important decade of our lives – DEA #ClimateCrisis demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs #NetZero #COP26 #auspol #NoNewCoal

Joint statement: Zero is good.

Now we need to slash emissions in the most important decade of our lives – DEA

We welcome the Morrison Government’s commitment to a target of net zero greenhouse gas pollution and now, to achieve this target, we expect the government to drive the slashing of emissions this decade. 

In the face of increasingly dangerous global warming, we all want a future where we can continue to enjoy life in this beautiful country. 

The lion’s share of pollution from coal, gas and oil needs to be cut this decade if we are to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The Morrison Government’s announcement today doesn’t detail how this will be done. 

At a minimum, the Morrison Government needs to match the 2030 targets of the United States, the United Kingdom and trading partners like the European Union and Japan. This will require a commitment for Australia to at least halve our climate emissions by 2030.  

Getting to net zero emissions means we need immediate, active plans to boost the renewable energy transformation, to shift to renewably-powered transport, to protect and restore our forests and bushlands, and to end public subsidies for fossil fuel industries. 

Regional and urban communities can share in the opportunities we have as a nation. We can position ourselves as a global superpower of renewable energies and clean industries.  We have natural advantages that are the envy of the world. 

Credible action on climate will safeguard our communities, protect our health from climate impacts, and deliver an economic and jobs boon for Australia. 

Failure to act will leave communities and the places we love exposed to increasingly disastrous weather events, such as droughts, heatwaves, megafires and storms.  It will also leave us lagging further behind in the global race for new industries based on renewable energy.  

Of particular concern with the announcement today is that the details of the deal the federal National Party obtained from the Liberal Party are not transparent.  It would be deeply counter-productive if approaches have been agreed to extend the use of fossil fuels, or support further destruction of forests and bushland. 

We are pleased the Morrison Government is recognising the desire of the millions of Australians we support and represent to set a long term net-zero target. We look forward to working with the Morrison Government, and all federal decision makers, to put in place the rapid reductions in climate pollution needed for a healthy and prosperous future.  

— Read on dea.org.au/joint-statement-zero-is-good-now-we-need-to-slash-emissions-in-the-most-important-decade-of-our-lives/

7 climate action highlights to remember before COP26 | | UN News #ClimateCrisis No more blah blah blah Demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs #auspol #FundOurFutureNotGas #NoNewCoal #StopAdani

A September to remember, a pivotal month for climate action commitments. From the United Nations General Assembly week to the final pre-COP meeting, last month was an important time to build momentum before the decisive UN Climate Conference COP26 in early November.    |

UN News has put together a list of the seven most important climate action-related highlights you should know about.

1.     Billions planned for clean energy

Workers clean solar panels at a solar farm in Manila, Philippines.

More than $400 billion in new finance and investment was committed by governments and the private sector during the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy, the first leader-level meeting on energy under the auspices of the UN General Assembly in 40 years.

More than 35 countries, ranging from island states to major emerging and industrialized economies, made significant new energy commitments in the form of Energy Compacts.

For example, the No New Coal Compact includes Sri Lanka, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, the UK, and Montenegro.

The countries involved in the coalition have committed to immediately stop issuing new permits for coal-fired power generation projects and cease new construction of coal-fired power generation, as of the end of 2021.

Several new partnership initiatives were announced during the event, aiming to provide and improve access to reliable electricity, to over a billion people.

You can find more about the important commitments here

2.     United States and China boosted climate action

Air pollution from coal-fired power plants is linked to global warming and other damaging environmental and public health consequences.

The world’s two largest economies committed to more ambitious climate action during the high-level week of the General Assembly.

United States’ President Jose Biden announced that his country would significantly increase its international climate finance to approximately $11.4 billion a year.

Meanwhile, President Xi Jinping of China said that he would end all financing of coal-fired power plants abroad, and redirect support to green and low carbon energy generation.

While the announcements were most welcome, The UN Secretary-General flagged that there is still “a long way to go” to make UN climate conference (COP26) in Glasgow a success that ensures “a turning point in our collective efforts to address the climate crisis”.

3.     Africa Climate Week spurred regional action

UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Extreme weather like widespread drought is causing economic losses amongst farmers in Africa.

People across Africa met virtually for several days to spotlight climate action, explore possibilities, and showcase ambitious solutions.

More than 1,600 participants actively joined in the virtual gathering, with the host Government of Uganda bringing together governments at all levels across the region, along with private sector leaders, academic experts, and other key stakeholders.

Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Africa and the Middle East, said that the meeting enabled many stakeholders to build new partnerships and strengthen existing ones.

“Only by working together can we truly help to deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement while being conscious of the unique opportunities and challenges this presents in the region”, she said.

UN agencies were involved:

  • The World Bank examined economy-wide approaches for a sustainable, green recovery
  • The UN Development Programme (UNDP) explored how both climate risk and climate solutions are reshaping different sectors
  • The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reimagined the future and looked at behaviors, technologies, and financing
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published its first ever stock take of Africa’s forests and landscapes revealing that up to 65 per cent of productive land is degraded, while desertification affects 45 per cent of Africa’s land area.

Africa has contributed little to climate change, generating only a small fraction of global emissions. However, it may be the most vulnerable region in the world already suffering of droughts, floods, and destructive locust invasions, among other impacts.

4.     COP hosts, the United Kingdom, asked countries to ‘secure the money’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland addresses the general debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session.

Right at the beginning of the General Assembly, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson convened an emergency meeting to press for more action on climate finance and other measures ahead of UN COP26.

World leaders addressed the gaps that remain on the actions needed from national governments, especially the G20 industrialized powers, on mitigation, finance, and adaptation.

The UK Prime Minister warned that “history will judge” the world’s richest nations if they fail to deliver on their pledge to commit $100 billion in annual climate aid ahead of COP26. He placed the chances of securing the money before November at “six out of 10”.

Mr. Johnson also assured his country “will lead by example, keeping the environment on the global agenda and serving as a launchpad for a global green industrial revolution.” But warned: “No one country can turn the tide, it would be akin to bailing out a liner with a single bucket.”

5.     World leaders committed to reform Global Food Systems

Food waste, pictured here at Lira market in Uganda, is a significant challenge for farmers and vendors alike. 

Food systems cause as much as a third of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 80 per cent of biodiversity loss and use up to 70 per cent of freshwater reserves.

However, sustainable food production systems should be recognized as an essential solution to these existing challenges.

On 23 Sept, the first ever UN Food Systems Summit convened world leaders to spur national and regional action to transform the way we produce, consume and dispose of our food.

Following from the latest IPCC report, which raised a “code red” for human-driven global heating, the US administration, one of the world’s major agricultural producers, pledged $10 billion over five years to address climate change and help feed those most vulnerable without exhausting natural resources.

The Summit, called by the UN Secretary-General in 2019 to accelerate global progress by leveraging the interconnected importance of food systems, featured other commitments from more than 85 Heads of State around the world.

Many countries announced national initiatives to ensure their food systems met not only the nutritional needs of their populations but also goals around climate change, biodiversity, and decent livelihoods for all.  Business and civil society organizations also made important promises.  

Check out the 231 commitments made.

6.     No more ‘blah, blah, blah’

As part of the Fridays for Future school strikes, youth protest for climate action in Geneva in 2019. (file)

Almost 400 activists aged 15 to 29 from 186 countries met in Milan, Italy, a few days ago, to rev up the call for climate action. With weeks to go before COP26, they highlighted youth leadership and pushed for a far more climate conscious society.

Greta Thunberg, along with Ugandan environmentalist Vanessa Nakate was among the speakers at the Youth4Climate event, run by Italy and the World Bank Group.

“Build back better. Blah, blah, blah. Green economy. Blah blah blah. Net-zero by 2050. Blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words that sound great but so far have not led to action. Our hopes and ambitions drown in their empty promises”, Thunberg said.

 “No more empty conferences, it’s time to show us the money”, added Nakate, 24, referring to the $100 billion in annual climate aid promised by the richest economists to help developing countries vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

“What do we want? We want climate justice now”, highlighted Thunberg, known for inspiring a series of youth climate strikes around the world since 2018.

The three-day meeting finalized with a joint document to be presented at negotiation meetings during the preparation COP26 event, the Pre-COP, and then during the pivotal conference.

UN chief António Guterres thanked young people for contributing ideas and solutions in advance of the UN Climate Conference.

“Young people have been in the forefront of putting forward positive solutions, advocating for climate justice and holding leaders to account. We need young people everywhere to keep raising your voices,” he said in a video message.

7.     Next commitments to watch: the Pre-COP

UN Secretary-General António Guterres participates in a virtual briefing to update Member States on preparations for COP26 in Glasgow, UK.

Each UN Climate Conference (COP) is preceded by a preparatory meeting held about a month before, called Pre-COP. The meeting is the final formal, multilateral opportunity for ministers to shape the negotiations in detail ahead of the meeting in Glasgow in November.

The event, this year in Milan, brings together climate and energy ministers from a selected group of countries to discuss and exchange views on some key political aspects of the negotiations and delve into some of the key topics that will be addressed at COP26.

The meeting is taking place just weeks after a report by UN Climate Change found that nations must urgently redouble their climate efforts if they are to prevent global temperature increases beyond the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2C – ideally 1.5C – by the end of the century.

The issues under discussion in Milan include:

  • Reducing emissions to ensure that the 1.5C goal remains within reach
  • Provision of finance and support to developing countries to enable them to act on climate change
  • Improving approaches to averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage from climate extremes
  • Establishing a global goal on adaptation to decrease vulnerability
  • Advancing the technicalities needed for countries to report on their climate actions and support needed or received
  • Advancing the detailed rules for the market and non-market mechanisms, through which countries can cooperate to meet their emission reduction targets

The Conference started on Sept 30th and closed on Oct 2nd.

— Read on news.un.org/en/story/2021/10/1101942

Australia’s climate plan dismissed as meaningless spin and “too little, too late” – Oil Change International #auspol #ClimateCrisis #COP26 #FundOurFutureNotGas #NoNewCoal #TellTheTruth demand #ClimateAction #SDG13

Just days before COP26, Australia’s long-awaited climate plan has been slammed by civil society, scientists and opposition politicians as void of substance and full of spin.

For years now, the Australian Government led by climate denier Scott Morrison, has been seen as a climate laggard, one still deeply addicted to dirty fossil fuels and an outlier when it came to concerted international action on climate.

Let’s not forget that the Government is led by the same Scott Morrison who, when Treasurer of Australia, brought a lump of coal into the House of Representatives supplied by the Minerals Council of Australia.

“This is coal,” he told his bemused fellow parliamentarians. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared.”

Australians have long had reason to be fearful of Morrison’s die-hard climate denial. No more so than early last year when wild-fires ripped through the country in scenes reminiscent of an apocalyptical movie:

In response to the fires, where dozens of people were killed, over 500 millionanimals incinerated, fifteen million acres of forest destroyed, and with a cost to the economy of AUD $5 billion, Morrison signaled that he would carry on drilling with “unprecedented fossil fuel growth.”

As international pressure has grown for Australia to publish some kind of climate reduction roadmap, Morrison has come under increasing pressure to act. Morrison has also come under pressure to attend COP, too.

So here comes the small bit of good news. Morrison is attending the crucial climate meeting in Glasgow. And with COP26 just days away now, the Australian Prime Minister has published his government’s long awaited plan to reach net zero by 2050.

Speaking earlier today, Morrison hailed the plan as a “practical way” forward for Australia, whose emissions are amongst the highest per capita in the world.

He said, “Our plan, most importantly, backs Australians to achieve what they want to achieve when it comes to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Australians want to do that and our plan enables them to do that. Our plan works with Australians to achieve this goal. Our plan enables them, it doesn’t legislate them, it doesn’t mandate them, it doesn’t force them. It respects them.”

But almost immediately the plan was dismissed for being vague, voluntary, and vacuous, nothing more than PR puff full of false solutions.

As one newspaper columnist pointed out, Australia already adopted the net zero objective by signing the Paris agreement five years ago and the “plan” is actually nothing more than the “status quo with some new speculative graphs.”

The Guardian reported that almost a third of the carbon dioxide cuts are via unspecified “technology breakthroughs” and “global trends” while a further 20% will be achieved through unexplained offsets. The overall budget is a paltry $20 billion.

CNN criticized the Morrison’s plan as “the weakest climate plan among the G20’s developed nations.”

Moreover, flawed carbon, capture, and storage is also central to the plan, despite five decades of costly failing to deliver, especially in Australia.

The opposition leader Anthony Albanese, dismissed the plan as “nothing new.” Additionally, the opposition Labor Party’s shadow minister for climate, Chris Bowen, described the government’s announcement as a “scam.”

Bowen added: “I’ve seen more detailed fortune cookies than the document released by the government today.”

350 Australia called Morrison’s net zero commitment too “little, too late” and called for a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030 rather than 2050. 350 Australia also slammed the continued expansion of the coal and gas industries, and the fact that Morrison had released no additional policies to cut emissions.

350 Australia CEO Lucy Manne said, “This is the climate policy equivalent of showing up late to a party, refusing to bring what the host asked you to, and then trying to ruin the party for everyone.”

Manne added: “The Morrison Government’s belated and begrudging commitment to net zero by 2050 is meaningless while the Government pours billions of dollars of public money into expanding fossil fuels and promoting false solutions like offsets, and failed carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.”

Others were equally dismissive about the plan and reliance on false solutions such as CCS.

Blair Palese, the Climate Editor for Climate and Capital Media website told OCI, “The Prime Minister of Australia sold his soul to the Conservative National party and the world’s climate along with it. He has a net zero by 2050 plan in name only, with no intention of doing anything to reduce emissions, stop coal & gas exports or do anything but PR spin his way through the climate crisis.

Palese added: “The world should be ready to take Australia on on our climate inaction because we deserve nothing but contempt.

— Read on priceofoil.org/2021/10/26/australias-climate-plan-dismissed-as-meaningless-spin-and-too-little-too-late/

#ClimateCrisis Aim High, Go Fast: Why Emissions Need to Plummet this Decade | Climate Council #COP26 demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs #NoNewCoal #FundOurFutureNotGas #auspol #qldpol

Climate change is accelerating. Global warming is forecast to exceed 1.5˚C during the 2030s—an urgent challenge that demands Australia achieve net zero by 2035.

Climate scientists have observed with mounting concern the continuing emissions and the rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. For decades, they have issued dire warnings about what is at stake and what is required to curb global warming. Yet global temperatures continue to rise, along with damages from extreme weather.

This report “Aim High, Go Fast: Why Emissions Need to Plummet this Decade” is the Climate Council’s science-backed vision for what Australia’s best effort could look like. Australia is a nation of currently high emissions but rich renewable energy resources. The country has been ravaged by unprecedented bushfires, droughts, and floods in recent years, and decision makers should not ignore these warnings.

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“Australia, as an advanced economy and major emitter, and one with unrivalled potential for renewable energy and other climate solutions, should be a leader not a laggard, and reduce its emissions even faster than the required global average. Every tonne of emissions avoided matters, and every delay has an escalating cost. We urge you all to take this report seriously and respond accordingly.” — Professor Christopher Field and Dr Kevin Trenberth

Key Findings

1. Climate change is accelerating with deadly consequences. The ecological systems that have sustained human life and societies for generations are being severely damaged by increasing heat and worsening extreme weather events.

  • There is no safe level of global warming. Already, at a global average temperature rise of 1.1°C, we’re experiencing more powerful storms, destructive marine and land heatwaves, and a new age of megafires.
  • Multiple lines of evidence strongly suggest the global average temperature rise will exceed 1.5°C during the 2030s.
  • Should temperatures spike above 1.5°C for a significant period of time, critical ecosystems on which we depend (such as the Great Barrier Reef) would be even more severely damaged, or destroyed.
  • Every fraction of a degree of avoided warming matters, and will be measured in lives, species and ecosystems lost or saved. We must do everything possible to deeply and rapidly cut our emissions, while also preparing for climate impacts that can no longer be avoided.
  • There’s little time left to limit global warming below catastrophic temperature rises. Breaching 1.5°C of warming significantly increases the risk of triggering abrupt, dangerous and irreversible changes to the climate system.

2. Our response must match the scale and urgency of this worsening situation. Action to deeply reduce emissions this decade will determine whether the climate system can or cannot be stabilised at warming of well below 2°C.

  • While action is increasing in Australia and world-wide, it remains too slow and not enough. Protecting Australians from the worsening effects of climate change requires all governments, businesses, industries and communities to strongly step up their activities to deeply reduce emissions during the 2020s.
  • The lion’s share of the effort to get to net zero emissions needs to happen this decade. Delaying further than we have already would mean that even more rapid and disruptive action to reduce emissions is required later.
  • Governments, business and industry are committing increasingly to net zero targets. However, timeframes for these commitments are generally too long. The world achieving net zero by 2050 is at least a decade too late and carries a strong risk of irreversible global climate disruption at levels inconsistent with maintaining well-functioning human societies.
  • Australian governments, businesses, industries and communities can and must cut emissions deeply. Given the scale of the global emissions reduction task, and taking into account Australia’s very high level of emissions and our huge renewable energy resources, Australia should aim to reduce emissions by 75% below 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2035. This is a fair and achievable contribution to the global task and an imperative given our high vulnerability to escalating extreme weather.

3. As momentum for climate action gathers speed around the world, all efforts must now focus on steps that can be taken this decade.

  • The change in US government has ushered in a new era of international cooperation on climate change. All commitments must be scaled up, and the pace of action must accelerate if we are to avoid the worst climate consequences.
  • Australian state and local governments as well as many leading business and community groups are already providing vital leadership in implementing climate solutions.
  • Many of Australia’s strategic allies and major trading partners (including the US, EU, UK, Canada) have strengthened their climate commitments for this decade, or intend to do so. The Australian Federal Government is standing still, and alone.
  • Australia, as a major emitter in its own right and a giant of the global fossil fuel economy, has a major role to play in the global effort to stabilise the climate. Bold and decisive climate action ultimately protects us and is in our national interest.

4. Australia has everything it needs to act swiftly and decisively to help avert climate catastrophe, and prosper in a global clean economy.

  • Australia has unrivalled potential for renewable energy, new clean industries, and clean jobs. We need to rapidly scale up the energy transition and advance solutions in other sectors including transport and agriculture.
  • Climate leadership from states and territories has shown what works, and the benefits that decarbonising our economy can bring, such as regional jobs, cleaner cities and cheaper power. It’s time for a concerted national push, and for the federal government to work with other tiers of government, along with industry and communities, to rapidly step up this work and deliver much deeper cuts in emissions.
  • Despite our natural advantages, we are being left behind in the new, clean economy race. Urgently ramping up our ambition is fundamental both to Australia’s economic future, and to ensure our children and grandchildren can not only survive but thrive.
  • The change will not always be smooth. There are political, technical and other challenges ahead because action has been delayed. However, the alternative – a decision to not do enough, or to delay – will lead to massive climate disruption. Catastrophic outcomes for humanity cannot be ruled out if we fail to meet the climate challenge this decade.

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— Read on www.climatecouncil.org.au/resources/net-zero-emissions-plummet-decade/

COP26: Australia will be the rich world’s weakest link at climate summit with hollow net-zero and emissions pledges – CNN #auspol A national disgrace, an unprecedented crime! Demand #ClimateAction #SDG13

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed the plan he’ll take to COP26 in Glasgow later this week after coming under intense pressure at home and abroad to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.

CNN)  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled a long-awaited climate plan on Tuesday, finally announcing that his country would join the other developed nations by aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

It should be a moment to celebrate. The shift comes after months of pressure from international allies, the Australian people and even members of Morrison’s own center-right Liberal Party. The news was also warmly welcomed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will be hosting the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow that begin Sunday. 

But in reality, Morrison will go to COP26, reluctantly, with the weakest climate plan among the G20’s developed nations. The leader has also ignored months of calls to increase the country’s pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which is at around half that of the US’ pledge, and even further below the European Union’s and United Kingdom’s.

After publishing a defiant op-ed to announce the policy, in which the leader said he “won’t be lectured by others who do not understand Australia,” Morrison told journalists that he didn’t even intend to put net zero into law.

Dozens of countries have already put forward plans to reach net zero — where greenhouse gas emissions are reduced and any remaining emissions are removed from the atmosphere — ahead of Glasgow. More than a dozen have already enshrined them into law, and most that have announced the goal intend to legislate in the future.

— Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/10/25/australia/australia-climate-net-zero-intl/index.html

In 2017, the heat waves, extreme wild fires, and flooding around the world confirmed beyond doubt that climate disruption is now a full-blown emergency. We have entered Churchill’s “period of consequences”, yet governments have simply watched the disasters magnify, while rushing ahead with new pipelines and annual trillions in fossil fuel subsidies.

Governments simply cannot say they did not know.

The events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast ever since the First Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was signed by all governments back in 1990, and which has been described as the best evaluation project ever designed.

Unprecedented Crime first lays out the culpability of corporations, governmental, political and religious bodies, and especially the media through their failure to report or act on the climate emergency.

No emergency response has even been contemplated by wealthy high-emitting national governments.

Extreme weather reporting never even hints at the need to address climate change — even though it is producing wars and migrations among the world’s poorest, those who have contributed the least to global warming.

Yet, independently of governments, scores of proven zero-carbon game changers have been coming online all over the world.

These exciting technologies, described in the book, are now able to power both household electricity and energy-dense heavy industry.

We already have the technical solutions to the CO2 problem.

With these solutions we can act in time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero within 20 years.

These willful crimes against life itself by negligent governments, the oblivious media and an insouciant civil society are crimes that everyday citizens can readily grasp — and then take to the streets and to the courts to protest on behalf of their children and grand-children.

This thoroughly researched and highly-documented book will show them how. Co-author Dr. Peter Carter is an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Unprecedented Crime

Half baked: net zero announcement missing rapid emission cuts | Climate Council #ClimateCrisis Demand #ClimateAction #SDG13 #Act4SDGs #auspol #COP26 #RaceToZero

A national net zero target is long overdue, and must be accompanied by accelerated action to deeply cut emissions this decade so Australians can reap the economic benefits of a global transformation.

The net zero by 2050 announcement, and an indication that Australia may exceed its weak 2030 emissions target by reaching ‘up to 35% below 2005 levels’, means Australia remains dead last among comparable nations on climate action.

Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie: “The Federal government has now cemented the commitments from all state governments, putting Australia on a path to phase out coal, oil and gas pollution. 

“Net zero by 2050 is a joke without strong emissions cuts this decade. Australia desperately needs to dramatically scale up renewable energy, phase out coal and gas and electrify our transport systems. Otherwise we miss out on the economic opportunities of the global transition and expose ourselves to the fire, flood and heat risks of climate change,” said Amanda McKenzie who has attended three previous COPs

Ahead of major UN talks to be held in Glasgow from October 31, Australia is under massive international pressure to do more, with the threat of carbon border tariffs hanging over our economy. Australians are already being harmed by climate change, from massive fires to sea level rise, which will continue to worsen under accelerating climate change.

Climate Councillor and Emeritus Professor at Australian National University, Professor Will Steffen:“To achieve net zero and help avoid catastrophic climate change, the federal government must take rapid and concrete steps to cut emissions deeply this decade, starting with an end to all new coal or gas projects. 

“All gas and coal expansion must stop, and we need to move away from existing fossil fuel use as quickly as possible. Any climate commitment should be judged against this measure. Australia remains one of the only advanced economies that hasn’t offered up a new, higher target for 2030 emission cuts — despite clear requests for this from UN officials,” said Professor Steffen. 

The Climate Council recommends that Australia reduce its emissions by 75% (below 2005 levels) by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2035. This is based on rigorous scientific risk assessments.

“As a first step, Australia must at least match the updated commitments from our key allies, and pledge before Glasgow to at least halve our emissions (below 2005 levels) by 2030,” said Professor Steffen. 

Climate Councillor, and leading Australian economist, Nicki Hutley: “It’s in Australia’s clear economic interests to act swiftly and decisively on climate change; new industries will bring billions of dollars of economic opportunities. We can’t rely on unproven technologies like carbon capture and storage.”

“As one of the sunniest and windiest countries on earth, Australia has unrivalled potential for renewable energy, clean industries, and clean jobs,” she said. 

“The regions have the most to lose from worsening extreme weather events and the most to gain from harnessing new industries. A 2050 plan is too late, we need action now to avoid missing out on the opportunities for regional Australia of renewables,” said Ms Hutley. 

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