Pollution rises as Queensland burns

30.11.18 By
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AUSTRALIA’S greenhouse gas pollution levels have risen for the fourth year in a row, marking another significant failure by the Federal government to deal with climate change.

“Climate change is driving the intensity of the extreme weather events we are witnessing right now – from extensive drought to record-breaking heatwaves to catastrophic bushfires in Queensland.  Despite Australia being on the frontline of climate change, the Federal government has failed to roll out any credible policy to bring down pollution,” said the Climate Council’s CEO, Amanda McKenzie.

“It’s been the same story year after year under the Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison governments. Our greenhouse gas pollution levels have continued to rise in the absence of leadership on climate change,” she said.

The Department of Environment and Energy’s latest ‘Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’ shows there has been a 0.6 per cent increase in greenhouse gas pollution in the year to June 2018.

“The solutions are readily available. Australia must continue its transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technologies, through the rollout of strong and credible climate policy,” said Ms McKenzie.

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