Critical decade for climate action

AUSTRALIA’S critical window of opportunity to tackle climate change is closing, according to a new landmark report from the Climate Council.

The Critical Decade 2017: Accelerating Climate Action report shows Australia is highly vulnerable to many consequences of a changing climate, from heatwaves, droughts and bushfires to devastating coral reef bleaching, while most of the nation’s population centres are also highly exposed to sea level rise.

Climate councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen described Australia’s efforts to tackle climate change over the last decade as “unacceptably weak”, highlighting the nation’s pollution levels had been steadily rising every quarter since early 2015.

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