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Australia Will Keep Burning Coal To Produce Electricity Despite Stern IPCC Warning

Australia Will Keep Burning Coal To Produce Electricity Despite Stern IPCC Warning

But Scheer said his party remains adamantly opposed to a carbon tax, which he does not think will actually reduce emissions, and instead revert back to the regulatory approach taken by the former Conservative government.

"He said the government would not change policy "just because somebody might suggest that some sort of report is the way we need to follow and everything that we should do".

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, China now has 957 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power operating - more than four times India's 219 GW.

However, the IPCC report's authors said the world would face severe consequences if the great bulk of fossil fuels including coal, oil and gas, weren't left in the ground.

The report presents many benefits of limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5˚C rather than allowing it to rise to 2˚C.

President Trump expressed skepticism yesterday about a major United Nations report on climate change that warned of irreversible warming if the world fails to act immediately.

To contain warming at 1.5°C, man-made global net Carbon dioxide emissions needs to fall by about 45 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach "net zero" by mid-century. As Pinho noted, "Even in a 1.5°C warming world, adaptation will be challenging for some regions and people around the world, especially in Small Island States in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, but it still gives a better chance when compared to a 2°C world". Australia's pledge is to cut 2005-level emissions 26-28 per cent by 2030, a target environmental groups such as the Climate Action Tracker describe as "insufficient".

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As one of the countries hardest hit by climate change, Vietnam has been actively performing global commitments and exerting efforts to ease its impacts, on official has said. President Trump has previously mocked the Paris Agreement and is actively trying to withdraw from it.

Depending upon whether greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels or rise, temperatures in the Southwest are projected to increase by 2.5° Fahrenheit over the next few decades, they wrote, and between 2.8° and 11.9° Fahrenheit by the late 21st century.

Apollos Nwafor, pan Africa director of Oxfam International, said, "Climate change has set our planet on fire, millions are already feeling the impacts, and the IPCC just showed that things can get much worse".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is an "ear-splitting wake-up call to the world". "Business as usual under Liberal and Labor is a death sentence".

McCormack added: "The fact is, coal mining... and coal-fired power plants do play an important part of our energy mix in Australia and will do so going forward".

"We believe that net-zero emissions for the electricity sector by 2050 or earlier is achievable", Origin chief executive Frank Calabria said in the company's 2018 Sustainability report.


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