INCREASING PROBLEM: The Federal Government has been criticised for not doing enough to bring emissions under control after consistent rises over the past three years.
INCREASING PROBLEM: The Federal Government has been criticised for not doing enough to bring emissions under control after consistent rises over the past three years. Konoplytska

Goverment buries bad emissions data in footy finals period

WHILE everyone is distracted cheering on the footy grand finals, the Climate Council has accused the Federal Government of attempting to bury Australia's latest poor pollution results.

The latest data from the Department of Environment and Energy's latest 'Quarterly Update of Australia's National Greenhouse Gas Inventory' indicates that our country's greenhouse gas pollution levels have risen yet again with a 1.3 per cent increase in climate pollution in the year to March 2018.

Climate Council's acting CEO Dr Martin Rice said Australia's greenhouse gas pollution levels have been consistently rising for three years, while the Federal Government had failed to roll out any credible climate and energy policy.

TRENDS: This graph maps the output of carbon dioxide gas emissions over the past decade and a half.
TRENDS: This graph maps the output of carbon dioxide gas emissions over the past decade and a half. Contributed

"The Federal government is taking out the trash under the cover of darkness in order to hide our rubbish results on greenhouse gas pollution," Mr Rice said.

"The result of this inaction is Australia is now further away from effectively tackling climate change than ever before.

"Australians continue to witness the impact of accelerating climate change across the nation, through extreme weather events including soaring temperatures, bushfires and drought."

Mr Rice said as Australian farmers and rural communities battle severe drought, it is beyond belief that the Federal Government is ignoring yet another warning signal to act swiftly to cut our rising greenhouse gas pollution levels and to tackle climate change.

ADVOCATING SOLUTION: The Climate Council believes investing in renewable energy is the best way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
ADVOCATING SOLUTION: The Climate Council believes investing in renewable energy is the best way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Petmal

"The solution is clear. Australia must continue its transition to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy and storage technologies, through the roll-out of strong and credible climate and energy policy," he said.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry, Environment Minister Melissa Price and Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler have all been asked for their thoughts on the latest emissions data and what they propose to do to counter the issue.



Tributes flow for 'larrikin' killed in motorcycle crash

premium_icon Tributes flow for 'larrikin' killed in motorcycle crash

"HE WAS a larrikin, a dedicated friend and always put his family first."

WIN: Tickets to the Vodaphone Gold Coast 600

WIN: Tickets to the Vodaphone Gold Coast 600

It's time to party in paradise. Will you be there?

Coffs Coast home cook realises her dream of writing a book

premium_icon Coffs Coast home cook realises her dream of writing a book

SANDY Luhrs said she first fell in love with cooking as child.