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Australia ranks last on climate action in U.N. report

Sworn in on June 22, Australia’s new deputy prime minister, described as a “climate change skeptic” by Reuters, is expected to make even the nation’s already loose commitment to net zero emissions more difficult. Barnaby Joyce, who served as deputy prime minister from 2016 to 2018 before resigning after an extramarital affair scandal, was seated after a leadership revolt in the coalition government’s minor party.

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