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Australia must help bridge Cancun 'gigatonne gap'; Forest accounting tricks not helping

The only way the global climate negotiations finishing in Cancun in the coming days can be a success is for all countries, including Australia, to significantly lift the ambition of their emissions reduction targets, the Australian Greens said today.

"The massive gap between the Copenhagen commitment to constrain global warming to no more than 2C and the weak emissions targets on offer that would see the planet heat by twice that much, must be bridged," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Time to bring ambition back into climate debate

The Australian Greens are moving to put ambition back in the centre of the climate change debate, taking the government's motion recognising the reality of climate change moved in the House of Representatives today to its logical conclusion.

Greens Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, spoke on the motion in the House and Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, will move both an expanded motion in the Senate and an urgency debate on the level of action required.

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Commitment to fair climate financing and aid blocked by Government and Opposition

The government and opposition today blocked a Senate motion from the Greens calling on the government to abide by its international commitments on overseas development aid and fast-start climate financing for developing nations.

The government acknowledged in its response to the motion that almost all funding for the fast-start financing committed at Copenhagen last year would come from existing Overseas Development Aid, a clear breach of trust in the negotiations.

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New head of UN Climate talks welcome

The Australian Greens today welcomed the appointment of a respected representative of a leading developing nation as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change.

Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres will bring to the negotiations the fresh perspective of a developing nation which has been a leader in environmental protection

"At this critical stage of global climate talks, it is particularly important to have a representative of a developing country at the helm," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

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A few stings in the tail of the boring budget

Every Australian knows that, if you have two credits cards, it is very bad management to pay off your debt on one of them by racking it up on the other.

Last night's Budget pulled down the national economic debt, but it continued the process of racking up our ecological debt.

Once again, the funds allocated to renewable energy, public transport and energy efficiency pale into insignificance next to the tens of billions to roads and the military.

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Questions on UN climate submissions, carbon accounting and IPCC


Senator «MILNE» -I have 12 minutes and my time starts now. I understand Australia has to put in its Fifth National Communication on implementation of climate change actions to the UNFCCC. I thought it had to be in by 1 January. I have been to their website and yours and I cannot see that it is in. Can you confirm whether you have submitted that report and when it will be publicly available on one website or the other?

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Weak targets decision will hold back global climate action

The Rudd government has confirmed its position at the back of the global pack on climate change, announcing that it will submit its pre-existing 5-25% target range to the Copenhagen accord.

"Not content with creating a deadlock over emissions trading at home, Kevin Rudd and Penny Wong are now contributing to a global climate deadlock by refusing to lift their inadequate emissions reduction target," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said.

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Greens propose new year negotiations on emissions trading

The Australian Greens have today written to the Prime Minister, proposing for the fourth time since May to enter good faith negotiations around the emissions trading scheme.

"The government's only choice for meeting Copenhagen's goal of less than 2C warming is to talk to the Greens and we propose good faith negotiations for the new year," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown said.

"The Greens have always stood ready to negotiate with the government, but Minister Wong has rebuffed us, refusing to talk about targets.

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