Australia among world's worst in protecting biodiversity: Aussie report

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-30 11:06:46|Editor: Yang Yi
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CANBERRA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Australia has been identified as one of the world's worst performers in preserving its biodiversity.

A new report published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) analyzed whether countries' Paris agreement climate commitments offered benefits for nature and biodiversity.

Australia was rated at zero, the worst possible grade, along with Canada and the United States because none of its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris agreement included biodiversity measures such as reducing deforestation or preserving habitats.

According to the new report, Australia's NDC is brief and focused on economy wide targets, rather than detailed plan implementation.

Nations in the Pacific, southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean all received better grades than Australia on account of their commitment to reduce deforestation.

The United Nations on Wednesday revealed that Australia was not on track to achieve its Paris agreement goal of reducing emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Despite the warning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said Australia was on track to achieve the target.