Figures reveal trend of increasing emissions since the carbon tax was repealed in 2014 and cast doubt on whether Australia can meet cuts in Paris agreement

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions are rising to the highest figures seen in years, according to official government figures, rising 1.6% in the last quarter and 1% in the past year.

The country’s emissions in the year to March 2017 are the highest on record at 550.3m tonnes of CO2 equivalent when emissions from land use change are excluded – a sector where the government says its figures have a high degree of uncertainty.

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