Australia refuses to abandon coal despite IPCC warning

The Curragh open cut coal mine in Queensland

But the data laid out by the Washington-based think tank in its study is misleading, economic and environmental experts have said.

"There is a role for high-quality Australian coal and it's compatible with meeting Paris emissions reductions targets", Ian Macfarlane, council chief executive and a former Coalition energy minister.

To contain warming at 1.5°C, man-made global net Carbon dioxide emissions needs to fall by about 45 percent by 2030 from 2010 levels and reach "net zero" by mid-century.

That means trying to limit the increase in the average global ground temperature to 1.5 degrees C, rather than 2 C as specified in the Paris climate change accord. In a new report, the IPCC said the world's temperatures will likely reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 at the current rate of warming. More recently, he claimed that low temperatures disprove climate change. Hot summers will become more frequent, and, wrote federal scientists in 2017, if carbon emissions remain high and water management systems aren't changed, chronic, long-term drought is increasingly possible by the end of the century.

The report said rising temperatures will push millions of people in Africa into poverty and hunger unless governments take swift action.

He added that the dialogue would focus on discussing issues related to the response actions to climate change in Vietnam, while promoting cooperation and connection with development partners, the scientific community, enterprises, organisations and individuals for the cause of responding to climate change.

Wendel Trio, director of CAN Europe, one of the signatories, said: "The sooner and the more we invest in the clean energy transition, the better for citizens and our economies".

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison

The climate change is real and it is illustrated by the heat wave conditions spreading like a plague in India and Pakistan.

In these climate change "hotspots" - prone to droughts and floods - local warming and drying will be greater than the global average. Trump has signaled he will pull the United States out of the global climate pact. It envisions a scenario in which the USA acts alone on climate change, not in tandem with the 194 other countries that agreed to emissions reductions in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

More than two decades before NASA scientist James Hansen testified about climate change before Congress in 1989, scientists told President Lyndon B. Johnson that the burning of fossil fuels was increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. "We can be simpler in the parts of the world that have benefited from fossil fuel". By 2050, we'd have to reduce emissions to zero.

Adam Bandt, the Greens climate spokesman, said the IPCC report showed it was "time to hit the climate emergency button", and that neither major party was prepared to take the necessary steps.

But the premier, who has said previously that coral and coal can coexist, says nothing about her government's policies will change on the back of this week's IPCC report.

The IPCC is the global body for assessing the science related to climate change.

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