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Morrison Govt. should commit to a 75 percent cut in emissions by 2030; Pacific at peril under current climate policies – Report

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 August 2021: Many Pacific Island countries go under the ocean due to sea-level rise, according to a new report released today by Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

Te Mana, o te Moana 2021 analyses each country’s climate commitments as part of the Paris Agreement, and reveals that while stronger climate targets from some of the world’s biggest emitters go some way to reducing the chances of catastrophic climate change, others such as Australia’s will lock in almost three degrees of heating, a level incompatible with life in the Pacific.

A Greenpeace media release detail’s the following key findings of the report that include:

- Current climate policies mean the world is on course for up to 3.9 degrees of heating

- National emissions reduction pledges like Australia’s would lock in between 2 and 3 degrees of global heating

- Fortunately, countries with climate pledges which would lock in over 4 degrees of heating have fallen from 19.09% of global emissions in 2020 to just 5.37%

“The Pacific is reeling from the compounding impacts of the climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic with communities facing deepening poverty, loss of livelihoods and irreversible damage to land and marine ecosystems,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Non-Executive Director Kavita Naidu said.

“Pacific communities are deeply connected to their ancestral lands that have shaped their cultural heritage and ways of sustainable living for generations. Climate change, driven by coal, oil and gas is increasing displacement of these coastal communities from their homes, villages and communities, threatening their identities, cultural practices and relationships with land, nature and their social environment.

“By refusing to support reparations for historic climate damage in the Pacific, Australia is shirking responsibility and not doing its fair share. It’s made worse by the Morrison Government’s persistent support of the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, which sentences people in Australia and the Pacific to intense heatwaves, longer droughts, bushfires, cyclones, a warming ocean and the devastating loss of biodiversity.”

Greenpeace Australia Pacific, the Edmund Rice Centre, Oxfam, the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network, the Australian Conservation Foundation, and Actionaid took out a full-page advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 August 2021 calling out the Morrison Government’s poor climate policies and urging it to commit to a 75 percent cut in emissions by 2030 to help protect the Pacific from the impacts of climate change.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Head of Research and Investigations, Dr Nikola Čašule said that since the election of US President Joe Biden, some of the world’s biggest polluters had significantly improved their 2030 emissions reduction targets with the UK, US and EU leading the way, however, Australia is lagging behind.

“Comparing the performance of the UK or US with Australia’s is like comparing a Ferrari with a go-kart. They’re not in the same category,” he said.

“The Morrison Government’s climate failure is so bad that it places Australia in the company of countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rightly been called out on the world stage and with Australian policies completely at odds with the Paris Agreement those calls will only grow louder in the lead up to COP26 in Glasgow.”

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Technology roadmap going in the wrong direction: Greenpeace

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By SAT News Desk

SYDNEY, 28 February 2020: The environment group Greenpeace Australia has criticised the federal government for sticking to coal when affordable renewable energy can power the country. Responding to talking points circulated this morning regarding the Federal Government’s Technology Roadmap, Dr Nikola Casule, Head of Research and Investigations at Greenpeace Australia Pacific said:

“Images of koalas burned alive are still so fresh in our minds, yet the Federal Government just keeps kicking the climate can down the road with another tactic to ignore coal as Australia’s top source of emissions.

“This roadmap is going entirely in the wrong direction. The technology to solve today’s problems is available now and already powering the country in the form of clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy and storage.

“Huge global economies like Germany and the United Kingdom are already well on their way in making the transition to renewables, leaving the Australian Federal Government lagging behind.

“If this is the plan Taylor intends on taking to the world stage, Australia can once again be expected to be seen as a global blocker of climate action.

“Using delay tactics like this instead of accelerating the shift to renewable energy is yet another example of the fossil fuel lobby having too much influence over the Federal Government.

“The Federal Government must stop putting the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of the interests of Australians.

“The Federal Government has no plan to drastically reduce emissions to keep Australian families safe from the worsening impacts of climate change.

“In the wake of one of the biggest climate disasters our country has ever seen, what Australian communities need now is strong leadership on phasing out coal, oil and gas as the primary cause of climate change.

VIDEO: The Australian Govt’s plan for the Great Barrier #Reef is a sham: Greenpeace

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No public funding for Adani’s Carmichael Coal mine: Turnbull

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Mr.Gautam Adani at the reception for PM Modi in Melbourne. Photo: SAT/NN (copyright SAT)

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 4 May : Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has in an off-the-cuff remark said he will not waste taxpayer money on the Adani-owned Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. The PM was answering to a question from Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Nemo in Brisbane. The proposed mine covers 28,000 hectares and has been under flak from environmental groups. Mr. Adani is a prominent Indian businessman and is considered close to PM Modi and accompanied him during his Australia visit.
In a media statement while welcoming Mr. Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment Greenpeace Pacific reef campaigner Shani Tager said: “While this off-the-cuff comment is welcome, the prime minister still needs to announce a credible environmental policy to protect the reef from the dangers of coal for future generations.”

“The Carmichael mine would mean more dredging in the Great Barrier Reef, more ships through its waters and more carbon emissions at a time when the reef is suffering from its worst ever bleaching.

The prime minister joins 14 international and Australian banks that have ruled out funding the project. Queensland’s treasury department has described the project as ‘unbankable’ and no other investors are prepared to get behind a project that needs $16.5bn.”

- SAT News Service

Greenpeace unhappy with Labor’s Coal policy


Sydney, 27 April 2016: The ALP’s climate policy, announced today, does not go far enough to protect our environment from the rapid and unpredictable damage of global warming, Greenpeace Australia Pacific warned today.

“Now is not the time for half-measures on climate change,” said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Čašule. “The Great Barrier Reef is dying before our eyes. We are experiencing record temperatures, month after month.”

Greenpeace last week released its Exporting climate change, killing the Reef report, which found that Australia’s carbon emissions exports, via the coal mining industry, are almost double its domestic emissions.

“The ALP has differentiated itself from the Coalition with encouraging policy positions on renewables and domestic energy, but it has failed to address Australia’s biggest contribution to dangerous global warming: our expanding coal exports. To meet the ambition of the Paris climate agreement, over 90 per cent of Australia’s coal will need to stay in the ground. The time for weak policies, written under the shadow of the fossil fuel industry, is over,” Dr. Čašule said.

“While a clear improvement on the status quo, Labor’s domestic emissions target itself remains insufficient to prevent dangerous levels of warming. The ALP has also missed the opportunity to deliver a bold, powerful policy to end taxpayer subsidies for fossil fuels once and for all.”

Greenpeace is calling on Australians to vote for a sustainable, Coal Free future in the upcoming federal election.

“Elections are always about power,” said Dr. Čašule. “This election will be about what kind of power Australians want, now and into the future. It’s time to leave dirty 19th-century coal behind, and embrace the 21st century’s clean, renewable energy. It’s time for a Coal Free Australia that will protect our environment, our climate, and the Great Barrier Reef.”

- SAT News Service