So you thought just because Australia’s got a carbon price, we might be able to move on from the interminable and tedious climate debates of recent years?

Think again.

Research out of Europe this week charts greenhouse gas emissions for the world and for individual countries, and it makes for grim reading. What the world is doing on climate change is not working. Emissions are rising and we’re exceeding our “carbon budget”. This Titanic has not turned around.

There’s been so much talk around international action on climate change, and the fruits of that talk are there in black and white in the research.

Australia’s painful progress towards a carbon price has got nothing on this. Strap yourselves in. International efforts to address climate change will be a troubled and high-stakes issue that will not go away for years.

Peter Fray

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