The Abbott government has been handed a ‘please explain’ notice by the United Nations, which has submitted questions to Australia from other countries on its climate change policies.
The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including China and the US, are reportedly questioning the credibility of the direct action policies in the lead-up to the Paris climate summit in December.
China has accused Australia of doing less to cut its emissions than is expected of other developed nations.
It’s also questioning whether the direct action policy will be enough to make up for the coalition government’s decision to axe the carbon price, in order for Australia to meet its commitment of cutting emissions by five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.
Other questions from Brazil, the US and the European Union have put Australia on notice that it will need to do its fair share when it comes to global warming.
The concerns are included in a questions document fielded by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change organisers.