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the United Nations wants countries to declare a “climate emergency” to ease the sense of urgency in the fight against global warming.
The UN is pressing Australia to make further cuts in its greenhouse gas emissions, such as Scott morrison he was rejected by a virtual summit of world leaders for lack of ambition.
This weekend Climate Ambition SummitAround 80 world leaders came together virtually to lift their nations’ commitments to reduce greenhouse gases. Around 70 of them headed to the summit, recognizing that the climate crisis, not the COVID crisis, will be the defining challenge of the 21st century.
Climate emergency
The United Nations wants countries to declare a “climate emergency” to ease the sense of urgency in the fight against global warming. (9News)
Climate Ambition Summit
Around 80 world leaders gathered virtually for the Summit on Climate Ambition, and around 70 made their way to the meeting. (9News)

Our prime minister, however, was denied a place to speak at the event due to Australia’s perceived lack of action on climate issues.

“Scott Morrison has made Australia the world’s climate denier,” Greens leader Adam Bandt told the media.

Adam Bandt
Greens leader Adam Bandt says Morrison “has made Australia the world’s climate denier.” (9News)
The summit was warned that the world is in danger of not meeting the climate goal set by the Paris Agreement 2015, to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.

“Can anyone still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?” Asked the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, at the summit.

“Carbon dioxide levels are at record levels. Today we are 1.2 ° C warmer than before the industrial revolution.”

To contribute to the Paris target, Australia has so far pledged to reduce emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, but countries are urged to aim for net zero emissions by 2050 and deeper cuts now.

Antonio Guterres
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told world leaders that they are facing a climate emergency. (9News)
Climate emergency
The world is in danger of missing the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. (9News)

“The world needs to effectively cut its pollution in half over the next decade,” Bandt said.

But at yesterday’s Pacific Islands Forum meeting, Morrison refused to register for that date or the 2050 deadline. He told the forum that Australia is “committed to achieving net zero emissions as soon as possible.”

According to Mark Butler, shadow minister for climate change: “In Scott Morrison’s trajectory, it will take 146 years to reach net zero emissions.”

Scott morrison
Scott Morrison was denied a place to speak at the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit due to perceived lack of action from Australia on climate issues. (9News)

9News political editor Chris Uhlmann suggests Morrison will be “on more comfortable ground” optically when the mid-year budget revision is released later this week. It will revise down the expected unemployment peak at Christmas from 8 percent to close to 7.5 percent.


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