Over half the money raised from the carbon price is being used to assist households.
About climate change
Scientists advise that the world’s climate is changing because of a build up of carbon pollution. Human activity is contributing.
Q. How does the carbon price help with climate change?
The polluters which pay the carbon price will be motivated to reduce their carbon pollution, and will be more likely to use clean energy technologies that have become more affordable compared to polluting technologies.
Q. What is the Government’s new long-term greenhouse gas reduction target?
The Government’s long-term target for carbon pollution reduction has been raised from 60 per cent to 80 per cent below 2000 levels by 2050.
Our climate is changing
Our climate is changing, largely due to the observed increases in human produced carbon pollution. These changes we have seen over the 20th century include increases in global average air and ocean temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels. The extra heat in the climate system has other impacts, such as affecting atmospheric and ocean circulation, which influences rainfall and wind patterns.
Another serious impact of increasing carbon pollution is ocean acidification. About a quarter of human-produced carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans. As the carbon dioxide dissolves in sea water it forms a weak carbonic acid, making the ocean more acidic. There are early indications that some marine organisms are already being affected by ocean acidification.
For more information see Chapter 1 – The need for action.
For further information about why we need to act and what others are doing see: