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Australia Strategies

Australia: (1) Strengthen country’s Paris Agreement pledge; (2) Fast track phase-out of HFCs If using the ultimate goal of keeping global temperature increase from remaining below 2°C, then Australia needs to strengthen its commitment to the Paris Agreement. Australia’s INDC aims to achieve a 26-28% reduction below a 2005 baseline by 2030. There is conflicting...

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Australia Renewable Energy

Australia—No 100% 2050 Commitment Benchmark: 20% by 2020 Australia has released a Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme to encourage the growth of renewables, but the goal of 100% renewables by 2050 is out of the scope of the current plan. The nation has a goal of 100% Net-Zero carbon emissions by the 2050 benchmark, but...

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Australia Success Project

Australia—The City of Melbourne The city of Melbourne has strived to become one of Australia’s most sustainable cities by creating a comprehensive environmental plan that addresses climate resilience, emissions reduction, livability, and more. The variety of initiatives including community gardens and bike share programs have been well received by residents who cite lifestyle improvements in...

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Australia Checkup

Australia—Falling Behind In 2015, Australia pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% as part of a United Nation’s agreement presented at COP21 in Paris. In making its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the Paris Agreement, the Government said that, “Australia will continue to play our part in an effective global response...

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Australia Emission Reduction Policy

Hydrofluorocarbon Phase-Down Policy In January 2018, Australia plans to adapt a policy that has it’s origins in the Montreal Protocol. The plan will phase-down the use and import of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  This agreement calls for an 85% reduction of HFCs in developed nations between 2019 and 2036.  Australia has adapted a phase-down plan to meet...

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Australia Extreme Weather Event

Bleaching Event of the Great Barrier Reef Warmer water temperatures can result in coral bleaching. When water is too warm, corals will expel the algae zooxanthellae living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. This is called coral bleaching. The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most iconic natural features, and...

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Australia Media Organizations

Many major media outlets in Australia are skeptical of climate change and climate science in the majority of their coverage of the topic. Coverage in mainstream media can be presented in a way that leaves the subject open for debate, but rarely does it present information showing the consensus of the vast majority of the...

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Australia Subnational Best Practices

Regions/Provinces/States Canberra/ Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—The region containing the Australian capital of Canberra is one of two Australian signatories of the “Under 2 MOU” agreement, which brings together subnational governments to pledge to reduce GHG emissions in an effort to limit global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius. The pledge commits its signatories to...

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Australia Leaders and Opponents

Government Official Josh Freydenberg Minister of the Environment and Energy The current Minister for the Environment and Energy is Josh Frydenberg. He heads the Australian Department of the Environment and Energy and was also in attendance at COP22. He is a member of the Liberal Party which plans to double renewable energy production and increase...

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Australia Leading Research Study

Research Study:  Various studies on the Great Barrier Reef produced by Australia’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP) 2009-2014 The Great Barrier Reef is an iconic symbol of Australia and has been critical is garnering public support for environmental protections in Australia. One of the Wonders of the Natural World, the Great Barrier Reef encourages tourism...

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