Karoly Makes Waves

Professor David Karoly, from the Faculty of Earth Sciences, launched a blistering attack on the federal government’s Climate Change Authority (CCA) in early September, labeling its latest recommendation as “a recipe for further delay” in addressing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Prof. Karoly and Professor Clive Hamilton, from Charles Sturt University, who are both members of the CCA, released a minority report in response to Authority’s decision to responds to “those who do not accept the science of climate change”.

They reported that: “If Australia is to meet its international legal obligations and contribute its fair share to global efforts to keep warming below two degrees, then there is an upper limit to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we can emit into the atmosphere over coming decades. This is our ‘carbon budget’.”

“The current government's emission reduction target (set during the Abbott years) is to reduce our emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2030. This is nowhere near fast enough.”

Professors Karoly and Hamilton stated that Australia needed to take much stronger action to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adding that the federal government’s emission reduction target – set during Tony Abbott’s tenure as prime minister - by 26 per cent to 28 per cent by 2030 is “nowhere near fast enough”.

The minority report and spilt within the CCA resulted in strong media coverage, including Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, SBS, The Age, The Australian, The Guardian, Science Magazine, Vice and more.

Professor Karoly is one the most esteemed experts on climate change in the world.