According to a recent report by the United Nations, the planet is on track for an increase in average temperature of 2.7 degrees C by the end of the century.
This is a projection that exceeds the Paris Climate agreement, signed in 2016, which saw 197 countries (including Australia) sign a treaty promising to limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees C compared to pre industrial revolution levels.
Meeting this target would require that global carbon emissions would need to halve by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. The issue is that according to the recent UN report, current commitments made by the Paris Agreement signatories will only reduce global carbon emissions by 7.5% by 2030.
The report has stated that a change of 2.7 degrees C would lead to “catastrophic changes in the Earth’s Climate”. For Australia this would mean harsher bushfires and storms.
The new report comes just a few days before the beginning of the Glasgow Climate Conference, which has a focus on the targets looking at 2030.
Currently Australia’s plan is to reach Net Zero emissions by 2050, however the government has not released any details about how that target will be met. Scott Morrison has suggested that new technologies will be the best way for Australia to meet it’s Net Zero target.