Australia has ranked last for UN member countries tackling climate change.
The Sustainable Development Report 2021 ranked Australia last of the 193 countries and scored just 10 out of 100 points.
“Australia has received similar rankings from other comparable studies, including the Climate Change Performance Index, which last year ranked Australia second last behind only Trump’s America,”said Richie Merzian, a climate expert at the Australia Institute.
“The federal government has no climate and energy policy and instead has cherry-picked technologies, many of which support the fossil fuel industry.”
Overall in the Sustainable Development Report 2021, Australia was ranked 35th as the report takes into account the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals. It ranked highly under health and wellbeing and economic growth.
The second last for climate change on the list was Brunei.
The report said: “International commitments, for instance towards climate neutrality, must be rapidly accompanied by transformative actions and investments. Large fiscal packages of major economies present an opportunity to foster a green, digital, and inclusive recovery.”