Australia is on the frontline for climate change, yet it does little to fight it. Here’s why

In recent years, Australia has been battered by record-breaking rains, floods and wildfires, causing loss of lives and damage to the country's environment. Yet Australia has one of the weakest targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the world. CNN looks back at how Australia's government has tried — and failed — to tackle the climate crisis. #CNN #News


  1. Australian here. It is election day today hopefully there will be a change of government. More than 70% of the population supports more action on climate change but we have a government beholden to the coal and gas industries. We have so much potential in the renewable energy arena that is being squandered. There are some companies and individuals stepping up. One project is the Sun Cable – a cable running to Singapore supplying them with electricity from a huge solar farm.

    1. @MrHock Say youโ€™re a UAP crank voter without saying youโ€™re a UAP crank voter. Time to unplug from Craig Kelly, Alan Jones and Rupert Murdoch mate.

      Libs are out, which is at least a step in the right direction. ๐Ÿพ

    2. @gacj2010 we are in an ice age that has lasted for about 6million years. It is cyclic and includes glacial and interglacial periods. We are at the top of the interglacial. It should start a downswing in great next few millennia. However, climate models predict that this won’t happen due to increased CO2 concentrations and the planet will continue to warm. This warming will exceed the climatic conditions under which organisms presently around have evolved to, and at a rate which they may not be able to adapt. Of course, the impact of humans on other organisms has been catastrophic in many ways. The future maintenance of a system in which humans can continue is clearly in the hands of humans.

    1. @Mike Pumps Try the dark net then. Just because you don’t believe something does not make you right

    2. @rybfish76 It’s actually the younger Gen-X group who have a stronger conservative voting population in Australia.

    3. What’s old??
      Its young ppl having kids and growing the world population by 90Mill a year requiring more resource.
      We all have “consumer” choices which is the biggest impact….

  2. Thank you CNN for this story. And thank you for allowing comments to appear on Youtube, something none of big media do here. That’s right, I’m talking about the Australian ABC, Nine News, Fairfax, 7 News or the Murdochs. Democracy dies in darkness.

  3. We are going through an election now in Australia and have a choice between two grey haired geriatrics. The 5 year plan for our two candidates is to not die and there is no long term planning. We need someone much younger that may have to eventually live with the climate consequences.

    1. The issue is “too many ppl” in the world and growing more than 3x the australian population each year, so dont see what our small nation can do to stop the impact…although locally the greens said Warragamba damn will never fill again and blocked raising the level and yet its overflown twice in a year flooding all towns down the Hawkesbury..

  4. Jools Australia ๐Ÿฆ˜๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฆ˜
    Be strong progressive proud stay safe and SANE WORLD WIDE โ˜ฎ๏ธ

  5. Iโ€™ve come to realize that our evolutionary nature is alive and well. We base our decisions on past experience, believe what we can see directly, adopt the risk of others around us, and live largely in the present. Climate change challenges architecture of human cognition. From my own experience Iโ€™ve realized that those less invested in the existing system or not benefitting from it are more open to seeing its limitations and accepting change. Those who are fully invested, and have worked to a position of success would have a hard time accepting a flaw in that model and dispose of everything without resistance. And this may be extremely entrenched. I used to think that once people began to experience the negative effects they would be convinced. But in truth, some people will remain in denial and refuse to accept reality until the moment it kills them. And the insidious thing about climate change, is that it is both cumulative and lagged in effect. Once it is indisputably a mortal risk, it will be much to late to do anything about it. In fact, we can never go backwards, only stabilize at a new equilibrium. We may have already gone past certain thresholds of terminal decline. It is incredibly sad that we should lose the entire legacy of everyone that came before us, and the potential of everyone after, just because of the fear and stubbornness of a few.

    1. They have sharks and crocodiles. You should get some of those in your backyard. It is all the fault of crocodile hunting fashion industry. Coal should be used for barbecue and Coke should be made from desalinated sea water. You need to do these major changes in your life.

  6. Currently flooding close to where I am today. But there is hope. We also have our federal election today and we hope that a new government will actually take this issue seriously.

  7. This Earth is a beautiful place heartbreaking to see how we let it get this bad but she can be safe if we just give it a try๐Ÿค”

  8. The Murdoch press did such a great job in demonising climate action as well as job losses in the fossil fuel industry.

  9. *So, it’s political…now that’s a shocker!* ๐Ÿฅถ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿฅต

  10. Liberals: we can’t drill in America for oil! Climate change!

    Also liberals: get more oil from Iran!

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