Australia lobbied Unesco to remove reference to 1.5C global warming limit to protect heritage sites

Australia lobbied Unesco to remove reference to 1.5C global warming limit to protect heritage sites

Environment campaigners say the Morrison government’s attempt to remove the reference to 1.5C is ‘hugely significant’ and ‘bewildering’

Australia is trying to block a UN recommendation that countries should try to keep global heating to 1.5C to protect world heritage sites from the impacts of climate change.

The Morrison government has also told Unesco major decisions about world heritage-listed places being damaged by climate change – which would include the Great Barrier Reef – should be put on hold.

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