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A Carbon Neutral Country. What would it take for Australia to become a leader in greenhouse? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 May 2007 10:52
From: Doctors for the Environment Australia via GreenLeap By Professor Peter Newman, Murdoch University 1 May 2007 Carbon neutral is becoming the policy for innovative companies, individuals and even football teams. Can it be applied to a country? What would it mean for Australia? I have recently returned from a 6 month study trip which coincided with the remarkable increase in global awareness on climate change due largely to Al Gore and the Stern Report. Of course there was considerable work over 20-30 years by NGO’s, scientists and European politicians that laid the foundation for this awareness. Nevertheless the world tipped into carbon politics over the past 6 months.

The changed world.

The political climate has not only made greenhouse central to elections it has led to a bidding war between cities and states as to who can promise the most reductions and mandate the most renewables. In the US the biggest state, California, and the biggest city, New York, are both promising the most: California will reduce greenhouse gas by 25% by 2020 and New York 30% by 2030. Both were very popular politically and both have come from Republicans. The Democrat Congress have a series of Bills that are poised to restore global leadership for the US on climate change. However there is little doubt that Europe has gone beyond the US and actually has begun the global greenhouse transition. The UK Climate Change Bill now presents what seems to me the next big agenda: Carbon Neutral.