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Greens call on Shorten to announce increase to draft climate targets at Press Club

The Australian Greens are calling on Bill Shorten to announce science-based climate pollution reduction targets in his National Press Club address tomorrow.

"Labor must not use the Turnbull Government's woefully inadequate targets, set by Tony Abbott, as an excuse to be mediocre," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Labor's current draft targets provide only a moderate level of ambition and they must be increased in line with the science.

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Liberals’ support for climate sceptic motion is anti-science and anti-jobs

The motion adopted by the NSW Liberals calling on the Turnbull Government to arrange public debates on whether climate change is real shows how out of touch the party is with science and the community.

"There must be a lot of tin foil hats getting around at Liberal Party meetings," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

"How can these people believe their own personal conspiracy theories yet ignore the global scientific consensus on global warming?

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Government concern for coral bleaching insincere unless Adani mine stopped

With coral bleaching already confirmed in the Great Barrier Reef today and scientific concern for a mass bleaching event soon, the state and federal governments must overturn their approvals for the Adani coal mine.  

"The science is clear - it's coal or the Reef," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, said.

"Crying crocodile tears about coral bleaching while sending more and more coal ships out through the Reef is hypocritical.

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CSIRO climate science saves lives and money

The Climate Council's report today shows CSIRO climate science, which faces cuts presided over by the Liberal Turnbull Government, helps firefighters, farmers, businesses and governments make important decisions.

"CSIRO's data informs important decisions that save lives and money," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said.

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Greens' plan to cover Council roofs with solar panels and cut Council power bills

Council can cut its power bills and save ratepayers money under a Greens' plan, announced today, to allow solar companies to install solar panels on Council buildings and infrastructure.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Qld Senator Larissa Waters, who will discuss the plan at the Solar Citizens Political Forum at 11:30 am QUT Gardens Point today (details below), said: 

"Council can offer up the roofs of its libraries, swimming pool buildings and bus depots, in exchange for cheaper power bills. 

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Gutting CSIRO climate science is the enemy of innovation

News that the Turnbull Liberal Government is sacking more CSIRO scientists, gutting climate science in Australia, shows what a climate-denialist government this is.  

Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters said: "Turnbull's mass sacking of climate scientists is the enemy of innovation."

"The Prime Minister's speech in Paris about tackling global warming with innovation was all empty rhetoric - he is keeping Abbott's climate policies and letting the Coalition climate dinosaurs rule."

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Qld Labor approves Southern Hemisphere’s largest coal mine to cook the Reef and the planet

The Queensland Labor Government's approval of the Adani Carmichael mine is a climate pollution disaster, which threatens our Great Barrier Reef and groundwater, and delays genuine job creation.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and climate change spokesperson, said:  

"It is unbelievable in this age of global warming that any government would give environmental approval for a new coal mine, let alone the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere run by an overseas company with a history of environmental destruction.

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