Scientists criticize Australia’s ‘questionable’ climate policy

They say the Aus$3.5-billion package will not help the country meet its Paris emissions targets.

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An Australian government plan to spend Aus$3.5 billion to reduce the country's green-house gas emissions has been criticized by scientists because it will not help the nation meet its Paris climate commitments.

The centrepiece of the Climate Solutions Package, announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on 25 February, includes an Aus$2-billion (US$1.4-billion) Climate Solutions Fund, which will pay industry and farmers to voluntarily reduce carbon emissions from 2020 to 2030.

At the 2015 Paris climate talks, Australia agreed to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by between 26% and 28% from 2005 levels by 2030. The government says its effort to curb emissions is one of the strongest in the G20 group of countries. However, a United Nations report released last November, before the policy announcement, found that Australia was one of several G20 nations not on track to meet its 2030 emissions-reduction targets.

By: Bianca Nogrady/Nature News

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