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PM claims Australia will meet Paris target 'in a canter' despite emissions climbing


Morrison says rate of increase not as high as previous years and renewables investment will ensure Australia meets commitment

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, but Scott Morrison seized on the silver lining, maintaining Australia would meet its Paris commitment, despite the government having no legislated instrument to help it get there.

Figures released on Friday showed Australia’s emissions increased 1.3% in the year to March 2018, up all sectors – except land use and electricity, where renewable technologies were having an impact on the latter.

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