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Finally, some light relief for the Renewable Energy Target

By Iain MacGill

The Australian government has just received a vitally important report to guide their decisions on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.

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But it’s not the RET review report of the Coalition-appointed expert panel, led by Dick Warburton, which was released last week.

Rather it is the draft final report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, which has just been sent to the governments of the IPCC’s 195 member countries. The report integrates the three previous reports on the science, impacts, and mitigation of climate change already released over the past year.

Its intent is to provide policymakers with a scientific foundation, based upon the work of the thousands of researchers volunteering their time to the IPCC, to tackle the challenge of climate change.

Carbon emissions need to rapidly decrease starting now

The report will be publicly released in November but a draft copy for review was recently leaked to the media. Its language is considerably more forceful...

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