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Australia Minerals Council Releases Climate Action Plan (Int'l)
Minerals Council of Australia
Date: 2020-06-24
In the Land Down Under, the Perth-headquartered Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is touting its just unveiled Climate Action Plan outlining how the MCA and its members are taking action on climate change as part of the minerals sector's collective commitment to the Paris Agreement and its goal of net zero emissions globally and in Australia.

The MCA's Climate Action Plan is comprised of two components; an enduring 10-point framework to support the three core objectives -- enabling the potential of technology to decarbonise the minerals sector, increasing transparency in reporting, and sharing of practical knowledge on climate responses -- and a comprehensive three-year work plan with 30 activities.

The Climate Action Plan will be reviewed annually and publicly reported on to ensure it remains consistent with Australia's climate policy ambitions in support of the Paris Agreement, according to the MCA release. (Source: Minerals Council of Australia, Mining Weekly, Creamers, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Minerals Council of Australia, Tania Constable, CEO, info@minerals.org.au, www.minerals.org.au

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Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor

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Aussie Scientists Call for Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
AUstralia Climate Change
Date: 2020-02-03
In the Land Down Under, an open letter to the country's legislators and policy makers from 274 of Australia's leading climate, fire and weather scientists warns Australia "needs to pull its weight when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

The letter warns of longer and hotter heat wave, droughts, increased wildfire risk and threats to the Great Barrier Reef and a multitude of marine species and land animals.

According to Australian National University climate scientist Professor Nerilie Abram, "Scientists have been warning policymakers for decades that climate change would worsen Australia's fire risk, and yet those warnings have been ignored."

University of New South Wales climate scientist Professor Katrin Meissner noted "We need a clear, non-partisan path to reduce Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in line with what the scientific evidence demands, and the commitment from our leaders to push for meaningful global action to combat climate change," she said. "Not tomorrow, but right now." (Source: Xinhua, China Daily, 3 Feb., 2020)

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Notable Climate Change Quote from the Land Down Under
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2020-02-03
"You (Australia) are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet, including the Barrier Reef, and what you say, what you do, really, really matters. And then you suddenly say: 'No it doesn't matter ... it doesn't matter how much coal we burn ... we don't give a damn what it does to the rest of the world." -- Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and natural historian commenting on Australia's attitude to addressing climate change. (Source: Business Insider Australia, Sept., 2019) Contact: Sir David Attenborouhj, www.imdb.com/name/nm0041003

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Aussie PM Climate Change Policy Called to Account (Int'l. Report)
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Date: 2020-01-15
In the Land Down Under, in response to increasingly vehement criticism of his government's handling of his country's bushfire emergency, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib.) has signaled the government could stop claiming Kyoto carbon credits to "meet and beat" its 26 - 28 pct carbon emissions reduction target. The Prime Minister also declared the government's climate change policy "would be updated without destroying jobs and regional economies."

To that end, the PM announced the formation of an official inquiry to investigate and make recommendations on emissions reduction and building better resilience and adaption to climate events such as fire, drought, floods and cyclones. However, the PM emphasized, reducing carbon emissions required a "balanced and global response because even if Australia shut down all its power-generation assets, the equivalent amount of emissions would be produced by China in just nine days." (Source:Office of Australian Prime Minister Scott MorrisonFinancial Review, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Office of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, www.pm.gov.au

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Notable Quote from the Land Down Under
Climate Change
Date: 2019-09-30
"You (Australia) are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet, including the Barrier Reef, and what you say, what you do, really, really matters,"

"And then you suddenly say: 'No it doesn't matter ... it doesn't matter how much coal we burn ... we don't give a damn what it does to the rest of the world." -- Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and natural historian commenting on Australia's attitude to addressing climate change. (Source: Business Insider Australia, Sept., 2019) Contact: Sir David Attenborouhj, www.imdb.com/name/nm0041003

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Veracity of Australia's Emissions Cuts Questioned (Int'l Report)
CSIRO
Date: 2019-02-06
In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, the Australian research agency is questioning the environmental benefits claimed under the Emissions Reduction Fund (Fund), the Liberal government of Prime Mister Scott Morrison's main climate policy, raising concerns that Australia is overstating its contribution to the fight against climate change. Even so, the Fund is expected to receive up to $1 billion in federal funds over three years as the government seeks to neutralize claims it is failing to address the potential dangers associated with climate change.

The Fund was introduced by the Tony Abbott government in 2014 after it abolished the previous Labor government's carbon tax. Abbott is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP." The $2.55 billion Fund pays businesses, landowners and others to reduce carbon emissions or capture and store carbon that already exists in the atmosphere.

About half the carbon abatement pledged under the fund -- or 95 million tonnes -- relates to farming projects that use one of two native revegetation method that are presently being examined by a government-appointed committee. has been examining the performance of the revegetation methods. In a joint submission to the committee, CSIRO and the NSW Department of Primary Industries question whether all emission reduction claimed under the methods were genuine and whether existing revegetation successes are attributable to funded projects or to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations or the changing climate.

The agencies also noted "uncertainty" in the carbon accounting model used to measure abatement under the two methods, which also lacked "underpinning research" to support its predictions. Under the scheme, estimates of abatement should be conservative. However the CSIRO and the department expressed "particular concern" over a reliance on "subjective assessments by project proponents" of factors such as the effect of grazing on carbon stocks. (Source: CSIRO, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: CSIRO, 1300 363 400, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

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Australian PM Scuttles Paris Climate Change Agreement Targets (Int'l)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-22
In the Land Down Under, under pressure from party infighting and the opposition, Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has scuttled plans to set a new emissions reduction target.

Turnbull's signature energy policy -- the National Energy Guarantee -- pledge to cut Australia's emissions by 26 pct based on 2005 levels, by 2030. The laws would have helped the country meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement.

Australia signed on to the Paris agreement during the term of former prime minister Tony Abbott who now claims he was "misled" while in Paris, and recently argued that using energy policy as a means of reducing emissions is "madness." Abbott, who is perhaps best remembered for his comment "climate change is a load of CRAP", now says he wouldn't have signed up to the Paris treaty had he known the US would withdraw from it. (Source: The Independent, Various Other, 21 Aug., 2018)

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