While Australia has pledged to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plan will not end Australia's fossil fuel sectors. In the announcement just before COP26, he said more than $20 billion (£11 billion; $15 billion) will be invested in "low-emissions technologies" over the next 20 years. Australia's 2030 commitment will remain a 26% cut on 2005 emissions, and the government said it is on track for a 30-35% reduction. While the 2050 pledge has been welcomed, the government has been ferociously criticized for not offering more details. Murdoch University fire ecology expert Joe Fontaine said the plan had "all the strength of a wet paper bag."

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