No change in Qld after dire climate report

Animated chart showing that most of the coldest 10 years compared to the 20th century average were in the early 1900s while the warmest years have all been since 2000 with 2018 on course to be the fourth warmest year on record

How years compare with the 20th Century average

The report's authors are 91 scientists from 40 countries who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

A loaded coal train pass through the outskirts of Singleton, in the NSW Hunter Valley. In response to the first FAQ, "What are the impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C of warming?" it states "The impacts of climate change are being felt in every inhabited continent and in the oceans". Both countries can expect roughly 50 more days of heatwaves at 1.5°C global warming, and about 75 more heatwave days at 2.0°C global warming.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Australia should "absolutely" continue to use and exploit its coal reserves despite the IPCC's awful warning the world only has until 2030 to avoid climate change catastrophe.

It's therefore likely that the scenario now being played out in Europe will be extended to other parts of the world, with coal-fired power being replaced by a combination of renewables, battery storage, gas-fired back-up and even nuclear.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

In the Summary for Policy-Makers, the most widely read section in all IPCC reports, the report lists a set of "reasons for concern".

The report comes as Canada is embroiled in a new round of political arguments about the best way to proceed, with the federal Liberals' planned national price on carbon being challenged by a growing number of provincial governments.

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She then said that the Government would "make no apology" for its plans for "getting electricity prices down".

"But what we know is that we can phase it out in a responsible, planned way over the next couple of decades into clean energy".

An increase in temperatures of just 1.5C could destroy the Great Barrier Reef, a new report says.

Farmers for Climate Action chief executive Verity Morgan-Schmidt said the government needs to have a fully-funded national strategy on agriculture and climate change. "Today's conclusions give us a robust and consistent position for COP24", the Council said in a press release. "But we also show with high confidence that climate -resilient trajectories at 1.5°C are possible and feasible, requiring transformative visions from a range of people to lead to a sustainable future for all". "Actions need to be taken now if suffering, disruption, and conflict are to be avoided". Coal is also Australia's largest export, according to McCormack.

Already renewable technologies, which have benefited from subsidies, are becoming cheaper than conventional coal-fired power generation, a trend likely to continue.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the "lights would go out on the east coast of Australia" if coal was phased out.

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, China now has 957 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power operating - more than four times India's 219 GW.

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