The 1.3 per cent
How often do we read that there is no point in Australia meeting the Paris emissions targets because we only emit 1.3 per cent of the global total of carbon dioxide?
That’s infinitesimal, so why all this fussing about emissions and renewables, when the United States and China are each pumping out 30 per cent of the total of the climate-change nasties?
This is one of the favourite themes of nostrum-peddlers such as L’il Kris Kenny.
Yet all the countries that emit 1.3 per cent or less amount collectively to 26 per cent of total carbon emissions – a fairly big chunk. If all the small emitters did something to meet our targets “at a canter” then we would make a difference.
It was the grouping of low-lying countries in particular that pushed for a 1.5 per cent limit in the rise of preindustrial average temperatures at the Paris summit. As summer soon sets in, with storms and searing heat, we’ll think warmly of the Minerals Council, the coal lobby and their claqueurs in the media, who have our purblind government in a squirrel grip.