Saturday, July 12, 2008

Make Poverty History urges more climate change action from Aust Govt

ABC News Online, Posted 5 minutes ago

A leading aid organisation says Australia's current climate change policies will do little to slow rising sea levels.

The Make Poverty History group today released a report card on Australia's response to climate change.

It warns the Federal Government's pursuit of an emissions trading scheme is important, but only part of the solution.

The group's James Ensor says Australia must cut emissions to 60 per cent of 1990 levels within 12 years.

"And by doing so, over time the rapidly developing countries such as China, India and Brazil will have to make commitments around emissions reduction," he said.

"But they will only have do so if they see that leadership from those countries with historically the greatest contribution to the problem."

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