Climate Council urges release of data

The Climate Council has criticized the Federal Government for its decision to delay the release of its report card into greenhouse gas pollution for a second year running.

The Climate Council’s acting CEO, Dr Martin Rice, has said the move is particularly egregious given that Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels have been rising for three consecutive years.

“The government has a responsibility to release Australia’s quarterly National Greenhouse Gas Inventory in a timely fashion so that we can tell how our greenhouse gas pollution levels are tracking. We’re waiting on data that should have been released six months ago,” Dr Rice said.

“This has become a worryingly familiar scenario. The Federal Government not only delays releasing climate information, it also tries to bury it. We’ve seen emissions data quietly released on Christmas Eve, or on a Friday evening, at a time it’s least likely to attract attention or scrutiny.”

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