After much consideration, the Australian government has promised to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
Australia adds less than 2% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions, but it is the world’s third-largest exporter of fossil fuel. Leasing to significant climate damage through its use of coal and gas.
Australia’s average surface temperature has also heated significantly since 1910. And world leaders estimate that it will only get worse with the current climate crisis. Which would lead to several droughts, ecosystem losses, and famines.
Because Australian officials are still adamant that coal and gas will continue to be relied upon. This promise of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has been scrutinized and criticized. As people have accused the Australian government of purely delaying changes instead of actually taking action.
Many experts have criticized this promise, saying that if the Australian government were serious. They would ban new coal mines and gas fields instead of encouraging them. Taking an active step towards reducing their environmental footprint.
This promise doesn’t completely ring true, and many are worried that it is just another political tactic to get the people excited.
As the climate crisis is only going to get worse unless everyone gets on board and takes it seriously.
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