Australia needs to cut carbon emissions more sharply to meet its 2030 Paris Climate accord target, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) warned, contradicting claims by the country’s conservative government that the goal will be easily met.
Tensions in Germany’s loveless ruling coalition flared on Sunday after Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, a conservative from the car-making state of Bavaria, called for a reassessment of limits on vehicle emissions.
US emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, spiked last year after falling for the previous three, as cold weather spurred natural gas demand for heating and as the economy pushed planes and trucks to guzzle fuel, an estimate showed.
China’s capital of Beijing, and its surrounding industrial province of Hebei, cut smog emissions by at least 12 percent in 2018 after a long crackdown on polluters and campaigns to reduce household coal use, environmental authorities said.
Malcolm Turnbull suggested it was possible Labor’s proposal to preserve the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), with a 45 percent emissions reduction target, would not drive up prices, in an early draft of his speech to an energy conference obtained by Guardian Australia.
A proliferation of extreme weather events around the world provides ample evidence that climate change is a reality, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, but she rejected calls for more ambitious climate protection goals.
California and 18 other US states promised on Thursday to fight a Trump administration proposal to weaken fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks and force states into line, arguing the United States has an obligation to protect the environment for future generations.