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Australian Government seeks to ratify Paris Agreement by end of the year

31 Aug 2016

Keywords
  • carbon pollution
  • climate change
WWF today welcomed the Australian Government’s commitment to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and looks forward to seeing stronger commitments domestically.
 
“The Government has taken another important step towards Australia playing its fair share to limit dangerous global warming to well below 2 degrees and pursue a 1.5 degree limit,” said WWF spokesperson, Kellie Caught.
 
“Australia has the highest emissions per capita in the developed world and is one of the top 15 polluters overall, our participation matters.
 
“WWF welcomes the strong commitment the Government has taken to Australia being part of the global process.
 
“Along with ratification will come a responsibility to step up and put in place a long-term plan to achieve a 1.5 degree goal.
 
“The Australian Government’s current climate policies are not enough to do what's required to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and protect the people and places we love.
 
“Cutting the ARENA funding for renewable energy research and development will make it even harder for the government to cut carbon pollution and speed up the transition to clean energy future.
 
“With a plan and stable policies Australia is well positioned to achieve a 65% pollution reduction target by 2030, including 100% renewable electricity by 2035. All while our economy motors along at similar rates of growth we’ve enjoyed over the last five years.”
 
Media Contact: Daniel Rockett, 0432 206 592, drockett@wwf.org.au

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