Emission pledges by states put extra pressure on Scott Morrison to lift national climate goals

Emission pledges by states put extra pressure on Scott Morrison to lift national climate goals

Experts say state and territory commitments put net zero within reach whereas the federal target is nowhere near it

Australian states could deliver at least a 34% cut in national greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 based on existing pledges, prompting calls for the Morrison government to lift its climate goals.

New South Wales on Wednesday became the third state to set a target of cutting emissions roughly in half by the end of the decade compared with 2005 levels, in line with what scientists say is necessary for the developed world to live up to the goals of the Paris agreement.

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