OECD REPORT FINDS AUSTRALIA ONE OF WORLD’S WORSE EMITTERS
According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Australia releases more greenhouse emissions to achieve its economic growth than almost any other major economy. The report ranks economies on their ability to grow without escalating carbon emissions, and found that Australia—with its reliance on coal-fired energy—is second only to Estonia in terms of carbon emissions per unit of GDP. The OECD also concluded that Australia has the highest per capita emissions of any OECD member, and found that Chile, Mexico, Korea, and Turkey are the only OECD members that have increased their emissions more than Australia since 1990. While Australia has performed better than average in some environmental areas—decreasing the number of fish caught by nearly 30% since 1990 and reducing the amount of urban garbage generated since 2000—the report found that nearly a quarter of its mammal species are threatened with extinction. Overall, the OECD reported that member countries are not doing enough to safeguard the environment, noting that they derive just 9% of their energy from renewable sources. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/10/carbon-emissions-australias-growth-puts-it-near-top-of-oecd-rankings.