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Australia's emissions projected to increase by 24%

The country’s short-term perspective and regressive approach to climate policy is drawing flak

Australia is one of the world’s top 20 polluting nations, emitting more carbon per person than any other developed nation. And without a comprehensive emissions mitigation plan, Australia’s emissions are projected to increase by 24% between 2000 and 2020 to 686 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent. Yet the federal government appears to be going backwards with its approach to climate policy. In Canberra, there seems to be little appreciation for the need to move to a low-carbon future, unlike in Washington and Beijing, where concrete action is starting to take shape. When prime minister Tony Abbott’s business-oriented Liberal-National coalition took power last September, one of

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