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Australia hails Cop 17 agreement

2011-12-11 12:16

Sydney - Australia on Sunday welcomed the deal reached at marathon climate talks in South Africa as an "important breakthrough" in tackling global warming.

Delegates at the UN climate summit in Durban approved a roadmap towards an agreement which will for the first time bring all major greenhouse gas emitters under a single legal accord, after almost 14 days of talks.

Australia is among the world's worst per capita polluters, with a heavy reliance on coal mining and exports and most of its electricity comes from coal-fired power stations.

Australian Climate Change Minister Greg Combet hailed Sunday's consensus as a "significant breakthrough in tackling global warming.

"The historic Durban agreement opens the way to bring all of the world's major greenhouse gas emitters - including the United States and important developing economies like China, India and Brazil - into a new international legal framework for reducing carbon pollution," said Combet.

"(It sets) the world on a path of long-term action to tackle climate change through a regime with wide global coverage and strong environmental effectiveness," he added.

If approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change.

Combet said the agreement would allow the world to "move on from the Kyoto Protocol's unsustainable divide between developed and developing countries and ensuring all nations do their fair share."

"The US, which has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, and China have agreed to be part of the new legal architecture," he said.

"These two countries account for 37% of global emissions, so their decision to join a new international legal framework is a breakthrough. They are also Australia's major trading partners."

Canberra passed a controversial tax on carbon pollution last month which will give way to an emissions trading scheme in 2015 and Combet said the developments at Durban were a welcome boost to the plan.

Comments
  • Larry - 2011-12-11 12:48

    What deal? Nothing happened?

  • mholthuysen - 2011-12-11 13:04

    What do they celebrate - the self party? Flying in Beluga Caviar, Horse Meat and Fois Gras? Buying Cobra Leather Hand Bags? Or the self celebration of the ANC and its cronies... It was a meeting of liars and clowns who enjoyed the South African summer. Anyone believing that anything is going to come out of COP 17 is disheartening. Lets pollute more - it is only going to effect the poorer countries... so why should the "First" World care?

  • mike.clery - 2011-12-11 13:47

    "Australian Climate Change Minister Greg Combet hailed Sunday's consensus as a "significant breakthrough in tackling global warming." Well he would, wouldn't he? He has to justify his ministry's existence - and his holiday in Durban.

  • rory.short1 - 2011-12-11 14:24

    "if approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change." This is a pyrrhic victory. What does it do about the massive climate destruction that will take place between now and 2015? Ordinary people do not need to wait until the politicians, and their puppet masters in big business, decide that it is okay to do something about climate change. We can can vote with our money right now. In as much as it is possible for you do not buy products from countries that are dragging feet when it comes to legally binding actions on climate change.

  • Paul - 2011-12-11 17:38

    Academics exaggerating the “effects”, (not causes) of a worst case scenario wasn’t a crime, it was a consultant’s wet dream for lazy copy and paste journalists and pandering politicians trying to make it look like they are doing something for you. You selfish fear mongering Greenzis goose steped like sick and twisted END OF THE WORLD freaks as you condemned our children and billions of others all over the planet to the greenhouse gas chambers with sickening childish glee. You modern day witch burners didn’t love the planet, you hated humanity. We missed getting Bush for his false war, not this time. Call the courthouse everyone.

      Douglas - 2011-12-12 00:09

      Yawn. You sound pretty deluded, actually. Sorry, just being honest here.

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