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Crisis rhetoric has to be matched with crisis action

This piece first appeared on the official "Climate Thinkers" blog

As the Copenhagen Conference swiftly approaches, government leaders from around the world are working hard to convince their constituents that they understand we face a climate crisis. However, to date, the scale of their commitments utterly fails to match the scale of their rhetoric.

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Top scientist delivers Copenhagen wake-up call: 60% cuts in energy emissions needed by 2020

Top climate scientist, Professor Kevin Anderson from the UK's Tyndall Centre, has delivered a wake-up call to all those attending the Copenhagen climate conference, including Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

Professor Anderson, writing in The Independent, called existing offers of emissions cuts "token gestures" and said that, to give the planet "a 50:50 chance of not exceeding 2C":

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NASA's James Hansen backs Greens' position: Better no deal than a bad deal

NASA's James Hansen, often known as the Godfather of climate science, has backed the position taken by the Greens - that it is better to have no deal in the short term than to lock in a deal which locks in failure.

Hansen has told The Guardian newspaper in London that:

"I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it's a disaster track... The whole approach is so fundamentally wrong that it is better to reassess the situation."

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