• Australia Commits To Net Zero Emissions By 2050
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Australia, one of the world's biggest exporters of fossil fuels, has officially committed to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the long-delayed announcement Tuesday, ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow.

Morrison said the net zero plan would not shut down the country's coal or gas production or increase costs to households and businesses.

He said it will be achieved through existing and emerging technologies, without giving details.

But Australia will likely continue to face criticism over its relatively weak 2030 target of reducing emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels, which was adopted at the Paris climate conference in 2015.

The nation is also one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters per capita because of its heavy reliance on coal-fired power.

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