A new report released today, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, is a stark reminder of the urgency of acting on climate change.
The world’s top climate scientists have issued their strongest ever warning: burning fossil fuels is causing irreversible damage to the climate.
The world’s scientists have found that unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach.
This report confirms as well as carbon dioxide, methane gas is a major driver of climate damage and must be reduced as quickly as possible.
Parts of Australia will face more more land and marine heatwaves, more intense, frequent and longer bushfire events, more heavy rainfall and flooding, more drought, increasingly severe cyclones and significant changes to our shorelines.
The report confirms that the role of human actions in driving climate change is indisputable, but also finds that human actions still have the potential to determine the future course of climate change.
Australia’s fair share of action means we must cut our climate pollution by 75% in the next decade and reach zero emissions in fifteen years. 2050 is too late.
In response to this warning, ACF is calling for action from the federal government: Australia needs stronger targets and plans to cut greenhouse gas pollution this decade.
We have world class wind and solar resources and an opportunity to capitalise on these assets as the world shifts to zero emissions electricity, transport and industry.
Australia hasn’t strengthened its woefully inadequate 2030 target of 26-28% since it was announced by the Abbott Government more than five years ago. At the government’s current rate we won’t achieve the cuts we need until 2170.
As one of the biggest exporters of coal and gas, the action Australia takes makes a big difference.
This report is a wakeup call for Australia, we need to rapidly shift our energy from polluting coal and gas this decade.
Every fraction of a degree of global warming we prevent will save lives and create a safer and healthier future for all of us.
Australians want to see the federal government do much more to secure a safe and liveable climate into the future.
We’ve seen the Australian community, business, state and local governments embrace climate action. It’s now time for the federal government to do their part too. Every fraction of a degree matters, every action matters.
Header: Rich Carstensen