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Australia's catastrophic brush fire season comes as the country continues to insist on a climate loophole that critics say would undermine the Paris Agreement's objective of keeping global warming to relatively safe levels. Coverage of our report on Australia's intent to use 40 year old Kyoto Protocol credits to meet its already insufficient 2030 emission reduction targets.  
Australia’s plan to use an accounting loophole to meet its commitment under the Paris climate agreement has no legal basis and suggests it has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts once a global deal was reached, a new report says. An analysis by Climate Analytics, a Berlin-based science and policy institute, found there were no grounds for Australia to claim credit towards its Paris emissions target for having beaten targets under its predecessor, the Kyoto protocol.  
Bill Hare, director of Climate Analytics and a coordinator of the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), speaks to the Democracy Now! television programme live from inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. He discusses the Australian wildfires, government inaction on climate change, disappointment at COP25, and the findings from the latest CAT annual update on global climate action, which shows the world is on track to warm by 2.8°C by the end of the century.  
Australia's Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister, Angus Taylor, arrives in Madrid later today (9 December) for the annual United Nations climate talks. The Government confirmed over the weekend that it would meet its 2030 Paris climate targets – but only by using a controversial accounting loophole and carry-over credits from the old Kyoto Protocol, which expires next year. Bill Hare discusses this accounting trick and the state of negotiations at the UN climate summit with ABC News.  
Australia needs to stop burning coal by 2030 if it wants to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, a new report warns. Non-profit climate science and policy institute Climate Analytics says the government needs a national plan to phase out remaining coal-fired plants - and must take them offline faster than already planned.