On this day, Australia’s new (and first female) Chief Scientist said that Australia did not have long left to act…. Sackett stepped down in February 2011 btw, about halfway through her five year term…
The Government’s chief scientist wants the country to set the toughest possible targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, warning that action must begin now against climate change.
The Government has committed to cutting Australia’s emissions by 5 to 15 per cent of 2000 levels by 2020 and wants to start an emissions trading scheme next year.
However, the target has been slammed by the Greens and environmental groups as being too low and the Opposition has also recently signalled it would support a stronger cut in emissions.
Professor Penny Sackett would not put an exact figure on what she thought the target should be but she said she has advised the Government to set the steepest target possible.
Anon. 2009. World has 6 years to act’ on climate change. ABC, 20 April.
Also on this day-
The 2020 summit took place in Canberra, 19-20. Anna Rose was underwhelmed-
The 2020 Summit: Coal Industry Chiefs overheat Kevin’s Climate – “I found myself in the climate stream with representatives of coal mining companies including Xstrata and Shell, yet not a single person from an environment Non-Government Organisation. No-one from Friends of the Earth, the Australian Conservation Foundation, Greenpeace, Climate Action Network Australia or any of the State Conservation Councils.”