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  • Mike Neuman
    Kyoto too late to stop warming Leigh Dayton 05jan06 CONFIRMATION that last year was Australia s hottest on record proves the country is in the grip of global
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2006
      Kyoto 'too late' to stop warming
      Leigh Dayton

      CONFIRMATION that last year was Australia's hottest on record proves
      the country is in the grip of global warming, but signing up for the
      Kyoto agreement is not the answer, Environment Minister Ian Campbell
      has said.

      "The science is clearly overwhelming," he said yesterday. "All the
      evidence points toward warming."

      But Senator Campbell said the Kyoto agreement, under which 35
      industrial nations will by 2012 reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
      to below 1990 levels, would be ineffective.

      "Signing Kyoto is like catching the 3pm train from (Sydney's) Central
      Station when it's five o'clock," he said.

      The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday released final results of its
      2005 climate survey, showing the annual mean temperature was 1.09C
      higher than that between 1961 and 1990, the benchmark for climate
      change measurements.

      According to the report, national temperatures have increased by
      about 0.9C since 1910, when reliable record-keeping began. That is
      consistent with global warming trends that saw a rise of up to 0.7C
      in the 20th century.

      In the face of criticism of Australia's refusal to sign the Kyoto
      Protocol, Senator Campbell said steps such as next week's meeting in
      Sydney of the five-nation Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean
      Development and Climate would help shape a pathway to lower emissions
      for developing and developed nations.

      The partnership, involving Australia, the US, India, China and South
      Korea, hopes to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by focusing on
      developing new technologies. But Labor's environment spokesman,
      Anthony Albanese, disagreed with Senator Campbell. "We need a little
      less conversation and a lot more action," he said.

      Clive Hamilton, executive director of the Australia Institute,
      said: "Clearly, the short-term profits of the fossil fuel companies
      count for more in Canberra than the long-term health and welfare of
      ordinary Australians."

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