UN urges Australia to speed up efforts to drop coal

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CANBERRA: Australia\u0027s government should increase its efforts to phase out coal or else climate change will dramatically damage the country\u0027s economy, Selwin Hart, the United Nations (UN) special adviser on climate change, said on Sunday (Sep 5). Australia\u0027s reliance on coal-fired power makes it one of the

by 2030 in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, which include Australia.

In July, energy and environment ministers from the Group of 20 big economies failed to deliver a deal to phase out coal by 2025. But some experts said there were chances of progress at UN climate talks in Glasgow in November. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australia is on a path to net zero carbon emissions but has stopped short of committing to a timeline. He has said that Australia would update its 2030 emissions projections going into the Glasgow talks.Hart said that the Australian government should"seize the moment" and switch to renewables.

"If the world does not rapidly phase out coal, climate change will wreak havoc right across the Australian economy - from agriculture to tourism, and right across the services sector," he said.

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