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New Climate Plan 'to Rival Kyoto'  
User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 6
Posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

The US and Australia are developing a new pact on climate change with a group of Asian countries, believed to include China, India and South Korea.

Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell said that details would be announced "in the very near future". That could be as soon as Thursday, in a speech due to be given by US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick. It is believed the pact will focus on technology transfer from industrialised nations to the developing world. Australia and the United States are the two major industrialised countries which have not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, claiming it would damage their economies. Both countries also criticise the treaty on the grounds that it does not include major developing countries such as China and India.

At a news conference in the West Australian capital Perth, Minister Campbell told reporters that Kyoto could not achieve the level of greenhouse gas reductions which the majority of climate scientists believed were necessary if climate change was to be kept within manageable bounds. "We're going to have a 40% increase in emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, and the world needs a 50% reduction," he said. "We've got to find something that works better."


So, is this the big 'compromise' we've been waiting years to see from the remaining Kyoto hold-outs? My guess is that there's much less to this than first meets the eye, but I'll withhold further judgment until some actual details come out.

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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21652 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Kyoto is merely the first step of a much longer strategic shift... If the remaining polluters should turn course in the same direction - fine. But from the excerpt it looks more like a meaningless cosmetic exercise in order to avoid any actual effort.

User currently offlineB744F From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1784 times:

So basically they're just continuing the figer pointing game instead of trying to be the leading wealthy nations that they are and take charge and lead by example. The "it will ruin our economy" cries are nonsense, in the long run the harmful effects to the environment will ruin all economics more than the small effects we might see today

User currently offlineZone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1036 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Quoting SATX (Thread starter):
It is believed the pact will focus on technology transfer from industrialised nations to the developing world

So it is not focusing on reducing emissions? Brilliant!

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