Ignore, defend and pretend: Scott Morrison's G7 climate strategy is embarrassing | Bill Hare

Ignore, defend and pretend: Scott Morrison's G7 climate strategy is embarrassing | Bill Hare

Scott Morrison has a lot to defend at the G7 in the UK this weekend, and so much to ignore: he has announced – from the relative safety of Perth – that he will not stand for countries demanding higher climate ambition from Australia. At the same time he has gone on the front foot and again made claims that Australia is leading the world on climate action, arguing it has done more than the United States, UK, Canada, New Zealand and others since 2005. Australia has relied heavily on its choice of base year in 2005, when land-use emissions were very high, to “achieve” emission reductions relative to that year. In round terms, because of the drop in land-use change emissions since 2005, the country’s emissions decreased by around 17% by 2020. If one unpacks this to reveal the real source of underlying growth in emissions, the picture is very different. Taking out land-use change and forestry, emissions grew between 2005 and 2019 (prior to the Covid-19 emission dip) to about 5% above 2005 levels. Over this period, Canada …
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