Australia ranks bottom among UN member countries in terms of climate action

In a report analyzing progress toward global sustainable development targets, Australia came in the last place out of nearly 200 countries for climate action. 

Australia was ranked last out of 193 United Nations member countries for an action done to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in the Sustainable Development Report 2021, which was first published by Renew Economy. 

In an examination of fossil fuel emissions, emissions-related with imports and exports, and carbon pricing regulations, Australia scored a score of barely 10 out of 100, according to the database. 

Brunei was rated third to last, behind Qatar and Norway. 

The outcome, according to Richie Merzian, a climate researcher at the Australia Institute, was unsurprising. Other comparable studies have given Australia similar scores, such as the Climate Change Performance Index, which rated Australia second last year behind only Trump’s America. Instead of having a climate and energy policy, the federal government has cherry-picked technologies, many of which benefit the fossil fuel industry. 

Instead of having a climate and energy policy, the federal government has cherry-picked technologies, many of which benefit the fossil fuel industry. 

The government’s most current emissions statistics, issued in late May, revealed Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions were at their lowest in 30 years, as the coronavirus pandemic halted economic activity and put a brake on fossil fuel consumption in the transport sector. 

The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which include excellent education, gender equality, poverty eradication, sustainable cities and communities, and affordable and clean energy, are tracked in the Sustainable Development Report. 

Overall, Australia came in 35th place, with high marks in health and well-being, economic growth, education, and clean water and sanitation. Australia was rated as having “major challenges” in terms of sustainable energy but has made moderate progress in the last year.  

According to the report, countries should not allow the Covid-19 pandemic to cause a long-term halt in progress toward the goals. 

International pledges, such as those to achieve climate neutrality, must be backed by transformative activities and investments as quickly as possible. Major economies’ large fiscal packages present a chance to promote a green, digital, and inclusive recovery. 

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