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RECORD CLIMATE-RELATED DISASTERS IN ASIA-PACIFIC, STILL NO ACTION FROM MORRISON

December 17, 2020

The Asia-Pacific has been hit by a record number of climate-related disasters this year yet Scott Morrison continues to bury his head in the sand when it comes to taking real action on climate change.
 
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has responded to 24 crises in the region in 2020 including floods, cyclones, and drought, up from 18 last year.
 
The Asia-Pacific has also been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic which has made responding to these disasters even more challenging.
 
This comes as Fiji braces for the category five Cyclone Yasa to hit which has 600,000 people in its path.
 
Asia-Pacific leaders have long been saying that climate change is the single biggest threat to their region.
 
At last week’s Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting, Scott Morrison had another opportunity to commit Australia to taking real action on climate change.
 
Sadly, but unsurprisingly, the best the Prime Minister could muster was an indication that his Government might not use the illegal Kyoto carryover credits to meet the 2030 Paris emissions reductions target.
 
Scott Morrison is hurting both Australians and our neighbours by not tackling climate change.
 
Climate-related disasters are going to continue, having significant impacts on the Asia-Pacific region and its people.
 
Scott Morrison is completely isolated on climate change and urgently needs to commit Australia to net zero emissions by 2050.

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