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Greens call on Climate Change Authority to boost emission target

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said she was alarmed by reports that the Climate Change Authority will only recommend reducing emissions by 15 per cent by 2020.

"This does not reflect the urgency of the climate science and nor is it fair in the global sense," Senator Milne said.

"In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that rich nations should reduce emissions by 25-40 per cent by 2020. This should have been the Authority's starting point not 15 per cent.

"With the science getting worse and time running out we need to go harder.

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Durban agreement leaves gaping gaps on emissions, finance and legal form

The wishy-washy agrement struck in Durban today completely fails the climate, the Australian Greens said today.

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, just returned from Durban, said, "The world is now on track to exceed 2 degrees of warming under this agreement. No matter how much nuancing of the words is done, the fact is the political reality does not match the scientific reality.

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Australia must not rort Kyoto protocol rules

Australians should be very troubled that the Gillard Government is trying to rort the system through renegotiating the rules on Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) under the Kyoto Protocol in at the Durban climate conference. the Australian Greens said today.

New accounting rules being pushed by Australia and other developed countries like Canada, if adopted, could hide globally half a billion tones of greenhouse gas emissions from logging whilst at the same time setting up a scam that could result in logging credits instead of debits.

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Australia must support extended Kyoto Protocol

The global climate talks in Durban are deadlocked over how to proceed when the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period ends in 2012 and Australia must show leadership, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said in Durban today.

"It would be an enormous blow to climate action globally if the legally binding Kyoto protocol is allowed to lapse post 2012 with no legally binding treaty or even a pathway towards one," Senator Milne said.

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Senator Milne's 2nd Reading speech on the Clean Energy Future bills

Senator MILNE (Tasmania-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (11:44): I rise today on what is an historic day in the Australian parliament in the Senate. This is the day when the Senate will begin to consider the clean energy package and will start delivering on real action on climate change in Australia as these bills pass. It is an historic day in Australia and globally because it is the day on which the seven-billionth is expected to join us on the planet. We live on a finite planet and the non-renewable resources of the earth are under huge pressure.

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Cancun puts Forestry Tasmania on notice

Forestry Tasmania's years of escaping scrutiny and responsibility for its greenhouse gas emissions from logging carbon-rich native forests are coming to end thanks to the Cancun climate agreements, the Australian Greens said today.

"The global community has long recognized that one of the cheapest and fastest ways of reducing emissions is to protect the massive carbon stores in the world's forests," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Cancun agreements raise the stakes: Targets must now be lifted to keep process alive

The agreement reached in Cancun overnight to keep the global climate negotiations alive significantly raises the stakes for climate politics in Australia, the Australian Greens said today.

The better than expected result from the talks rests on all countries, including Australia, taking much more ambitious targets to next year's negotiations in Durban, South Africa.

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