Australia has been named and shamed as one of the world's worst polluters!
Professor Tim Flannery from the Climate Council spoke to the Hit Nework, explaining that Australia has taken no new concrete steps to reduce emissions and we can't bury our heads in the sand any longer because warming temperatures are having a big impact on our own door step.
85 countries have ratified the landmark Paris climate agreement, including 10 of the top 20 emitters.
These countries cover more than 55% of global emissions and with another round of global talks to begin in Marrakesh next week, Australia is expected to be quizzed over what steps it is taking to reduce emissions and protect the planet and our environment.
Other countries are expected to express doubt over Australia’s ability to meet Paris commitments without serious changes.
“The spotlight will be firmly on Australia in Marrakesh and not for positive reasons,” Prof Flannery said.
“Despite the fact that ten of the top twenty emitters has ratified the agreement, Australia is not amongst them.
“Our emissions are continuing to rise even as our most recognised natural asset, the Great Barrier Reef, was badly damaged this year by the worst coral bleaching event in history," he said.
The report released on Thursday coincides with the release of Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary with National Geographic, 'Before the Flood'.
It details the devastating impact of climate change and how humans play a part in it.
As a United Nations Messenger of Peace, DiCaprio travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand.
He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction.
He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis.
With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
See the full documentary HERE.
Read the full Climate Council report HERE.