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Logging may embarrass Rudd at Bali

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, who will attend the Bali climate conference, her fifth global climate negotiations, in her capacity as Vice President of the World Conservation Union, has warned Prime Minister Rudd that Australia's stance on logging may cause his first international embarrassment.

Senator Milne said "Prime Minister Rudd will find that his red carpet welcome will not last long if his actions at these negotiations are limited to a long-held promise to re-join the global community in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol.

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Bickering over Kyoto

So, finally, both the Government and Opposition have come to the party on what the rest of the world agreed to at Rio 15 years ago - that developed and developing countries should have differentiated responsibilities in any international climate agreement.

It simply stands to reason that those of us lucky enough to have become rich on the back of centuries of pollution should act faster than those who are still dragging themselves out of poverty and polluting, per capita, far less than we are. We have both a greater responsibility and a greater capacity to act. Let's do it.

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China's hardline stance on climate change echoes Howard – Brown

China's hardline attitude against urgent climate change action echoes the last ten years of John Howard's stonewalling, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
"Like Beijing, John Howard refuses to work to limit global warming to two degree or less, which is the threshold for 'dangerous' climate change according to scientists," Senator Brown said.
 

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'New Kyoto' plan shows govt ignorance - Brown

It is clear from Treasurer Peter Costello's interview on Lateline last night that the government is ignorant of the Kyoto process, Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.
 
 "What the government is proposing with 'New Kyoto' is in fact exactly the same as the Kyoto protocol as it now stands. New Kyoto is a furphy," said Senator Brown.
 

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Asia-Pacific climate meeting fails crucial tests

After criticising the Kyoto Protocol for not going far enough the Australian government has failed to deliver any concrete measure to reduce greenhouse gases from the Asia-Pacific climate pact meeting, the Australian Greens said today.

"Given that all of the proposed taskforces and the technology transfer being discussed could all be achieved under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, why are Australia and the United States continuing to refuse to ratify the protocol?" Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said in Sydney.

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Milne calls for leadership in plenary address to global climate conference

In her Plenary address to the Montreal climate conference as vice-president of the World Conservation Union,  Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne today called for leadership and a commitment to bold action. 

This is in sharp contrast to Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell's destructive comments about the Kyoto Protocol, which do not accurately reflect discussions now underway.

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Campbell's pact not on global radar in Montreal

Whilst Australians may be led to believe that the Asia Pacific climate pact is a serious attempt to drive the uptake of low emission technologies, it is not on the global radar, Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.

"With the exception of the United States and Australia, Ministerial representative from the partners to the pact failed to make it a priority or even mention it in their high-level opening remarks to the Montreal conference," Senator Milne said in Montreal.

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Australia a global disappointment; Canada leads

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said Canada threw down the gauntlet to nations meeting in Montreal when the Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin said earlier today: 'We must act, and we must act now.'
 
Whilst countries that have ratified the Kyoto Protocol welcomed its implementation and spoke of the need to find innovative solutions for the period after 2012, the best Australia could do was to recount the policy settings which have failed to stem the growth in greenhouse gases, she said.
 

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