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Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change


Coal-fired Power Plant, Australia

Truenergy Holdings Pty’s Yallourn coal-fired power station stands in the distance behind a disused coal dredger in the town centre in Morwell, Australia. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Getty Images


Powered by article titled “Australia named worst-performing industrial country on climate change” was written by Graham Readfearn in Lima, for The Guardian on Monday 8th December 2014 15.30 UTC


Australia has been named the worst-performing industrial country in the world on climate change in a report released at international negotiations in Peru.

The climate change performance index ranked Denmark as the best-performing country in the world, followed by Sweden and Britain.

Among the world’s top 10 emitters, Germany was ranked the highest at 22. Australia was second bottom overall, above Saudi Arabia – which was not classified as industrial.

The report states: “The new conservative Australian government has apparently made good on last year’s announcement and reversed the climate policies previously in effect. As a result, the country lost a further 21 positions in the policy evaluation compared to last year, thus replacing Canada as the worst-performing industrial country.”

China, the world’s biggest emitter, was in 45th spot – one below the US, which is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

But in an indication of the challenge facing governments to increase their ambition, the report said if every country in the world performed as well as the highest-ranking countries, global temperatures would still likely rise more than 2C – a level considered to be dangerous.

For that reason the top three places in the ranking were left blank.

The CCPI report, produced by the thinktank Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe, covers the top 58 emitters of greenhouse gases in the world and about 90% of all energy-related emissions.

Jan Burck, report author at Germanwatch, told the Guardian: “It is interesting that the bottom six countries in the ranking – Russia, Iran, Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia and Saudi Arabia – all have a lot of fossil fuel resources. It is a curse.


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