Australia adopts target of net zero emissions by 2050 but won’t legislate goal

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By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) -Australia, long under fire as one of world’s top producers of coal and gas, said it will target net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but added it will not legislate the goal and instead rely on consumers and companies to drive emission reductions. The adoption of the target will ease international criticism after Australia earlier refused to join countries in pledging to meet the target ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia, one of the world’s largest emitters of g…

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