Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NZ announces emissions targets

By New Zealand correspondent Kerri Ritchie

ABC News Online,  Tue Aug 11, 2009


The New Zealand Government has announced targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions - but environmentalists believe they do not go far enough.

New Zealand's emissions make up less than 0.5 per cent of mankind's overall greenhouse gas pollution.

But the country is in a tricky position because half of its greenhouse gases come from the highly-profitable agricultural sector.

The Government now says it will cut emissions by between 10 and 20 per cent of 1990 levels.

But Barry Coates from Oxfam believes it is a cop-out.

"The losers here are the people from the developing world who stand to suffer from climate change, including our Pacific neighbours," he said.

New Zealand will set a final target after it takes part in negotiations at the climate change conference in Copenhagen later this year.

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