December 5, 2022

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China and Australia: Not interested in much climate protection

Status: 08/10/2021 11:59 am

China produces large amounts of greenhouse gases, while Australia has one of the highest per capita CO2 emissions rates. But even after the intergovernmental panel’s warning on climate change, the two states saw no reason to tighten their climate policy.

One day after the release of the Dangerous Climate Report, China and Australia announced that they were adhering to their previous climate policy.

According to the AFP news agency, the Chinese Foreign Ministry appealed to the international community to “place full confidence in the implementation of China’s climate protection measures.” The government has not announced new climate protection targets.

More coal power plants for economic growth

The Chinese government wants to reduce CO2 emissions before 2030. China is currently the country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions. China must be CO2 neutral by 2060. However, Beijing has recently made progress in opening dozens of new coal-fired power plants to safeguard economic growth.

Further expansion is planned for the next few years. Coal consumption should be gradually reduced from 2026 onwards. The ministry said President Xi Jinping would “strictly control” coal-fired power plants.

Australia’s first exported coal

Australia rejects calls for CO2 emissions targets Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country was already doing its part against climate change. His government continues to reject the commitment to green home neutrality by 2050. He “would not sign a blank check on behalf of Australians for goals without a plan”.

Australia is at the forefront of the global climate crisis. The country is one of the largest exporters of CO2 emissions, one of the largest exporters of coal and natural gas, while at the same time falling victim to a number of environmental disasters that are exacerbated by climate change. Over the past few years, Australia has experienced several severe droughts, the largest wildfires in history, floods and coastal erosion.

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Ahead of the World Climate Conference in Glasgow in November 2020, Morrison rejected calls from allies such as the United States to set a formal goal of reducing or offset CO2 emissions. Instead, Australia has announced that it will achieve greenhouse gas neutrality “as soon as possible” by 2050 – but has not made any commitments.

Many politicians in the Conservative coalition government, which has close ties to the coal industry, deny climate change or underestimate its risks.

Island states attract the international community

Meanwhile, the Alliance of Small Island States has made an urgent appeal to the international community against climate change. “We need to turn things around,” said Diane Black-Lane, ambassador for the Federation of Small Island States (Aosis) and Antigua and Barbuda. Rising sea levels are a direct threat to the existence of island states. The alliance includes 39 states, including Cuba, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and the Maldives.

According to the IPCC report released on Monday, the Earth is warming faster than previously thought and will be 1.5 degrees warmer by 2030 than in the pre-industrial period – ten years earlier than predicted in 2018. The industry wants to limit global warming by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next 20 years, even with severe climate protection measures, according to sample calculations.

According to researchers, global warming is “clearly” caused by humans. UN climate experts say some of the effects of global warming, such as sea level rise and melting glaciers, are already “irreversible”.

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