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Since Australia’s carbon tax was abolished, greenhouse gas emissions continue to soar

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions soar in latest figures  Figures reveal trend of increasing emissions since the carbon tax was repealed in 2014 and cast doubt on whether Australia can meet cuts in Paris agreement, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 5 Aug 17, Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising to the highest figures seen in years, according to official government figures, increasing 1.6% in the last quarter and 1% in the past year.

The country’s emissions in the year to March 2017 are the highest on record at 550.3m tonnes of CO2 equivalent when emissions from land use change are excluded – a sector where the government says its figures have a high degree of uncertainty.

The country’s emissions rose by 1.6m tonnes in the quarter to March 2017, or by 1.1% – a figure that is the same whether estimations of land use emissions are taken into account or not…….

The figures reveal a clear trend of increasing greenhouse gas emissions since the carbon tax was repealed in 2014 – a trend that runs counter to Australia’s international commitments…….

Australia pledged to increase its emissions at Kyoto and is meeting its 2020 emissions targets using an accounting measure, where it could “carry over” the amount it overshoots its Kyoto targets, allowing it to increase its emissions again.


August 5, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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