Posted November 10, 2019 12:36:00 Australia’s emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are growing, as a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) finds that Australia is now producing enough CO2 to cover the population of the country’s capital city, Sydney.
The report finds that by 2030, Australia will have the world’s sixth-largest carbon footprint.
It also finds that the country is now burning more coal than any other country, despite a population of about 7 million people.
Professor John Reilly from WRI’s Environment Institute says Australia is a major global polluter because of its large carbon emissions.
“We’re a major greenhouse gas producer in terms of greenhouse gases per capita, and a major contributor to global warming,” he said.
“So the question is, what is our policy response?
Are we going to be a major carbon emitter or are we going not to be?”
Professor Reilly said.
“If we’re not going to become a major emitting nation, then what are we doing to try to reduce that?”
We know that there’s no substitute for technology and that’s one of the things that we are working on in this report.
“The report has found that emissions from coal and gas are increasing faster than those from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
Dr Caroline Copley, from the Australian Centre for Policy Analysis, said the WRI report showed that while Australia’s CO2 emissions are increasing, other nations were actually doing a better job of reducing emissions. “
It’s going to get worse over the next few years,” he explained.
Dr Caroline Copley, from the Australian Centre for Policy Analysis, said the WRI report showed that while Australia’s CO2 emissions are increasing, other nations were actually doing a better job of reducing emissions.
She said Australia’s rapid growth in coal consumption was due to the country being a major exporter of fossil fuel, and therefore being able to absorb CO2 from its production.
But she said Australia should do more to reduce its emissions.
Dr Copleys report found that in the US, where the WPI study was done, the average US household produced about 40 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.
In Australia, the study found that households were producing around 21 tonnes a year, with the average household producing around 5.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The study found the UK produced about 10 tonnes of coal-related CO2 a year compared to around 5 tonnes a day in Australia.
It also found that Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions from its coal and fuel combustion accounted for about 6 per cent of the UK’s CO3 emissions, while in the EU, the EU’s emissions were around 17 per cent.
Climate change and the global economy ‘is about economics’ Professor Reilly is the author of the report, which is published in the journal Climate Change and the Global Economy.
He said the growing use of coal and other fossil fuels was largely due to a desire for a cheaper, greener economy.
However, the report also noted that many developing countries are struggling with poverty, and the economic impact of climate change has already had an impact.
Australia’s coal industry “is about the economics of coal,” Professor Reilly told ABC Radio National’s Today program.
“[And] the economic climate is going to have a huge impact on that, he said, noting that the UK is now seeing its CO2 emission per capita rising and in many countries, the costs of climate mitigation are going up.
I think the climate is becoming increasingly uncertain, and that the future is not just about economics, but it’s about climate change, and we have to think about it in terms, I think, of the global economic system.”
“There’s a lot of fear, but that’s not going anywhere,” Professor Raine Crouch from the University of Western Australia told ABC News Breakfast.
This is a developing story.
More to come.