The Australian’s own government parliamentary committee recommended that Australia strengthens its 2050 emission reduction target to 80 per cent, but the question is: will Rudd and Co listen. The report was tabled by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) in Parliament a couple of days ago; it’s recommendation should prompt the Government to review its totally inadequate proposed 2020 target of 5–15 per cent.
If Australia would aim to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, up from the current target of 60 per cent, it would bring us a step closer not just to the latest science but also to the position of the US. Like the Garnaut Review, the inquiry recommends that we support a global goal to stabilise greenhouse pollution in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million (ppm) or lower, a position Australia should assume at next week’s UNFCCC negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
Last week scientists at the climate congress in Copenhagen found greenhouse gas pollution was exceeding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst case scenarios, which means that even the upper limit of 450ppm probably might already be too conservative.