US urges Australia to adopt ‘more ambitious climate goals’ as pressure mounts on Morrison to act

Top US diplomat in Canberra says US and Australia have a shared obligation to protect the planet

The top US diplomat in Australia has declared both countries need to set “more ambitious climate goals” and tackle the climate crisis “head on”, as international pressure mounts on the Morrison government to act.

Mike Goldman, who is chargé d’affaires at the United States embassy in Canberra, emphasised that the US and Australia had a shared obligation to protect the planet.

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