Please Explain podcast: How will Australia weather the UN climate conference snub?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed his ambition to cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions without relying on disputed credits from old climate change accords. The confirmation came on Tuesday as the government prepared for a global UN climate change summit this weekend.

Despite the announcement, the Prime Minister was not expected to speak at the summit after days of negotiation over whether Australia’s climate policy was strong enough to justify a place at the peak gathering.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will convene the summit with the United Nations and leaders from France and Italy, asking all those who speak to make “ambitious” new commitments.

As it stands, Australia is projected to beat its 2030 climate change targets by 145 million tonnes of carbon emissions without relying on controversial credits from past global agreements, so long as the government's tech roadmap works.

In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and climate and environment editor Nick O’Malley talk about carryover credits, emissions targets and Australia's recent UN conference snub.

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