Politicians in race to lag on climate

Contrary to popular wisdom Australia's effective tax rates on carbon emissions are well below most of the OECD. Yet so far in this election year politicians words contradict their emission reduction commitments.

As climate physics move from risks to record breaking realities of heat and floods, the credibility of Australia’s 2013 climate politics is off to an underwhelming start.  

Warming oceans and atmospheres have loaded the dice for warmer, wilder and wetter weather events. Research released on Friday demonstrated the link between rising temperatures and extreme rainfall events, and supported warnings of more to come.

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