"Even if every country meets its current climate targets, Earth’s temperature
will still rise by a dangerous 2.1℃ this century, according to sobering
findings from a new International Energy Agency report.
The IEA found the route to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was
“narrow and extremely challenging”, and electricity grids in developed
economies such as Australia must be zero emissions by 2053. The IEA was
abundantly clear: no new fossil fuel projects should be approved.
The report couldn’t come at a worse time for the Morrison government. This
week, it announced A$600 million for a major new gas-fired power plant at Kurri
Kurri in New South Wales, claiming it was needed to shore up electricity
The IEA’s findings cast serious doubt on this decision, and put even more
pressure on Australia ahead of crucial international climate talks in Glasgow
in November. So let’s take a look at the report in more detail, and see how
Australia measures up."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics