Die Australiese leier Scott Morrison sal die COP26-klimaatberaad bywoon

Die Australiese premier Scott Morrison het Vrydag aangekondig dat hy later vandeesmaand na Glasgow sal reis vir die COP26-klimaatberaad, marking an about-turn for the leader who previously indicated he might not attend the talks.

Morrison has been under pressure from allies, including the United States, to announce a more ambitious climate pledge, with Australia’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions sitting well below those made by the US, European Union and UK, among other developed nations.
The country is the world’s second-biggest exporter of coal and the Morrison government has said it will continue to mine, export and use the fossil fuel well beyond 2030 — a stance that has increasingly isolated Australia from global efforts to address the crisis.
    Although Morrison is expected to unveil Australia’s new position on climate change ahead of COP26, he did not detail any new targets at the news conference Friday.
      Egter, Morrison emphasized it isnot just about hitting net zero,” referencing a commitment from more than 100 lande which have now set or are considering the target to hit zero emissions by 2050.
        That’s an important environmental goal,” Morrison said. “But what’s important is Australia’s economy goes from strength to strength and the livelihoods and the lives that Australians know, particularly in rural and regional areas, are able to go forward with hope, and with confidence, and that’s what my plan will be all about.
        Verlede maand, Morrison vertel the West Australian newspaper he hadn’t made any final decision on whether to attend the climate talks.
          He said he’d already spent multiple weeks in hotel quarantine following other recent trips and needed to focus on the country’s reopening after an extended lockdown to contain the verspreiding van Covid-19.
          Meer as 100 world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, have confirmed their attendance at COP26, which starts on October 31. Leaders of the G20, which includes Australia, will be convening in Rome ahead of the talks.
          Australia is one of a handful of countries that did not increase its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions when registering its official update on its climate plans to the UN last year. It sent its update on December 31 with little fanfare, keeping its target to a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, van 2005 vlakke.
            The Australian Climate Council, which is independent of the government, has suggested the country slash emissions by 75% deur 2030, in vergelyking met 2005 vlakke, to help contain global warming to 1.5 grade Celsius.
            Meer as 190 countries signed up to the Paris Agreement in 2015, in which they committed to trying to contain global warming to 2 grade — but preferably 1.5 grade — above pre-industrial levels to stave off the more catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis.

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