THE CLIMATE COUNCIL is calling on the Federal Government to rethink its approach to action on climate change after new data revealed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have risen yet again.
Newly released figures from the Environment and Energy department show that Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution is at record high levels after rising for more than 4 years. The data, released this morning, is six days late.
“Without any credible climate or energy policy from the Federal Government, Australia’s pollution has been going up and up,” said the Climate Council’s CEO, Amanda McKenzie.
The ongoing burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are primarily responsible for Australia’s rising greenhouse gas pollution levels. The expansion of LNG is also a significant factor.
“Australia is facing a climate crisis, with worsening extreme fire and heat, and sea level rise threatening coastal property. Recent research showed that half a billion dollars could be wiped off the property market in a decade if the government continues to bury its head in the sand,” said Ms McKenzie.
“The Prime Minister and his new cabinet have an opportunity for a fresh start. We cannot waste another three years,” she said.
“Australia is the sunniest country in the world and one of the windiest. We have great opportunities to tackle climate change, but we need effective Federal policy,” she said.