Government Tries to Bury Poor Pollution Results

28.09.18 By
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AUSTRALIA’S greenhouse gas pollution levels have risen yet again, and the Federal government has quietly released the data as the country focuses on the AFL and NRL football grand finals.

The Department of Environment and Energy’s latest ‘Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’ shows there has been a 1.3 per cent increase in climate pollution in the year to March 2018.

“The Federal government is taking out the trash under the cover of darkness in order to hide our rubbish results on greenhouse gas pollution,” said the Climate Council’s acting CEO, Martin Rice.

Dr Rice said Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels have been consistently rising for three years, while the Federal Government had failed to roll out any credible climate and energy policy.

“The result of this inaction is Australia is now further away from effectively tackling climate change than ever before,” he said.

“Australians continue to witness the impact of accelerating climate change across the nation, through extreme weather events including soaring temperatures, bushfires and drought,” he said.

“As Australian farmers and rural communities in the southeast battle severe drought, it is beyond belief that the Federal Government is ignoring yet another warning signal to act swiftly to cut our rising greenhouse gas pollution levels and to tackle climate change.”

“The solution is clear. Australia must continue its transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technologies, through the rollout of strong and credible climate and energy policy.

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