Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Singaporean counterpart will discuss their countries' response to coronavirus when they meet virtually on Monday.Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have a digital meeting with his Singaporean counterpart whose Australian visit was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Australia's carbon emissions from air travel could be cut in half due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning 13.2 megatonnes of CO2 less in the air this year, according to a new study released today.
Under an extreme scenario — most Virgin and Qantas flights being grounded for nine months — the report by The Australia Institute said aviation emissions would be slashed by 56 percent.
The report said the plummet in emissions, based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) data, would likely become an underestimation as the pandemic continued.
TigerAir pilots to lose jobs within days
All Tigerair pilots will lose their jobs weeks earlier than expected, following the grounding of the budget airline's entire fleet.Virgin Australia, which owns the domestic carrier, has brought forward the redundancy dates of all Tigerair pilots from the end of April to this Friday, the Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) said in a statement.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at the Parliament House in Canberra on March 22. He announced the second federal stimulus package of $66 billion worth of measures for the coronavirus-hit economy.
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A lone tourist poses for a photo in Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections.
A member of the orchestra of Opera Australia performs in Sydney on March 19. Musicians performed with their instruments to call on the company to reconsider its decision to stand down musicians without pay, and for the federal government to provide emergency financial support to the performing arts sector devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 65,000 people worldwide
Shoppers line the aisles at Costco Perth in Perth on March 19. The store, which is the first Costco in Western Australia, is limiting toilet paper purchases to one packet per customer, in response to panic buying across Australia as fears over the COVID-19 pandemic grow.
"If global aviation were its own country, it would be the sixth-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses in the world," Mr Merzian said.
Elsewhere, carbon emissions have toppled as coronavirus lockdowns disrupted multiple sectors.
China's carbon emissions fell by about 25 percent, or about 200 million tonnes of CO2, during February, according to the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air.
Mr Merzian said aviation downturn from coronavirus offered the opportunity for governments and airlines to honour the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the United Nations agreement for carbon-neutral aviation.
He cited the report's findings that worldwide travel was set to decrease by 40 percent in 2020, and by 37 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, as reason to "use 2020 as the baseline year".
"Rather than just weathering the current outbreak with interim solutions, this could be the impetus we need to drive long-term change," Mr Merzian said.
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