Kyoto 'too late' to stop warming
- Kyoto 'too late' to stop warming
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
"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
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