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Germany’s top climate envoy says ‘this is the critical decade’ after Dutton ditches 2030 target

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🗞️ Driving the news: Germany's climate envoy, Jennifer Morgan, emphasized the necessity of deep emissions cuts by 2030, calling this decade "critical" for limiting global warming to 1.5°C
• This comes after Australian opposition leader Peter Dutton refused to commit to a 2030 emissions reduction target, suggesting a potential weakening of Australia's climate commitments

🔭 The context: The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, involves over 190 countries, including Australia, aiming to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts for a 1.5°C limit
• At the UK-hosted COP26 in 2021, countries were urged to strengthen their 2030 targets
• Germany is actively engaged in climate negotiations and collaborating with Australia on clean energy transition

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Achieving the 1.5°C target is crucial for minimizing climate change impacts
• Strong 2030 targets are essential to reduce emissions swiftly, aligning with scientific recommendations to prevent severe environmental consequences

⏭️ What's next: The upcoming COP29 summit in November will be a platform for countries to review and enhance their climate targets
• Australia's stance on its 2030 target remains uncertain, potentially influencing its international climate commitments and partnerships

💬 One quote: "Science-based 2030 targets are essential to keep the 1.5°C limit intact. This is the critical decade." - Jennifer Morgan, Germany’s special envoy for climate action

📈 One stat: Australia has committed to a 43% emissions reduction by 2030 compared to 2005 levels

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