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Greenpeace says Tropical Cyclone Yasa has been ‘turbocharged’ by climate change, that the coal and mining industry is to blame.
As the oil and gas industry continues to contribute to intensifying extreme weather events, Australia is a big taker in the sector which the Pacific, as a result, sees more and more devastating weather effects every year.
“Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama warned when he said that Pacific nations would not be the sacrificial canary in the coal mine for high-emitting coal-burning countries like Australia,” Greenpeace said in a statement.
“If Scott Morrison and the leaders of other high-emitting countries like Australia don’t take stronger climate action on coal, oil and gas we will see more and more extreme weather events like this in the future.”
Greenpeace released a recent report named ‘Te Mana O Te Moana: State of the Climate’ — the report proves how the Pacific has contributed a fifth of a per cent to global carbon emissions but has paid the price for decades due to heavy carbon emissions.
“It’s time for high-emitting countries like Australia to commit to net-zero emissions by 2040 and dramatically ramp up ambition in the interim to help protect its people and those in the Pacific from extreme weather events,” concluded Greenpeace.
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