Australia ranks 5th from the bottom on the world Climate Change Performance Index. This annual review by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe compares action in the 58 countries which produce 90% of world emissions.
We rate worse than Bulgaria, Thailand, Argentina, Poland, USA and China (in the ‘poor’ group), and rate as ‘very poor’ along with Kazakhstan, Iran, Estonia, Greece and Saudi Arabia.
Top of the table is Denmark, with the UK second. France, Sweden and Ireland are also have a ‘good’ rating. The middle group with a ‘moderate’ rating includes Italy, Spain, Germany and India.
In spite of all our domestic solar panels and expanding wind farms, Australia has one of the worst scores on renewable energy (with Iran, Russia and Algeria), and scores as ‘poor’ or very poor’ in every category assessed.
Is this how we want Australia to rank on the world stage? We like to think of ourselves as world leaders and innovators, but we are being left way behind. The argument that we should not take action on climate change in advance of the rest of the world is not valid. So many countries with fewer resources than us are doing so much better at reducing their emissions. Australia needs act quickly and decisively to lift its targets for reducing emissions, not reduce them.


About redgumgirl

Dr Anne Jensen is an environmental consultant with a passionate interest in sustainable management of our natural resources, particularly the River Murray and wetland environments. She is particularly interested in using photographs and stories to explain issues around water and protecting natural ecosystems in terms that are understood by the wider community, so that we can manage our environment sustainably for our common future.
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  1. prkralex says:

    Here is one of the examples on climate change and its research. New report lays climate change blame with fossil fuels industry. A report released on Friday highlights that two thirds of carbon emissions are made by just 90 companies – the majority of which are fossil fuel firms including BP, Shell and Exxon Mobil, have been blamed for causing the climate change crisis in a new study carried out by the US-based Climate Accountability Institute.

    But can we really blame climate change on fossil fuel providers alone – aren’t the public and government responsible too?

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