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Australian government willing to consider agreement through Kyoto if UN talks succeed

Posted by gmarkets on 11 October, 2007

The United Nations had two sets of talks under way to try to find a way forward — one looking at a new agreement or protocol under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and one looking to amend the Kyoto Protocol for a second commitment time frame, wrote Lenore Taylor in The Australian Financial Review (10/10/2007, p. 8).

Agreement through Kyoto considered: The Australian government had been emphasising the first set of talks, but Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, had now made it clear the government was willing to consider an agreement through the Kyoto process if the talks succeeded in their long-standing aim of getting some kind of emissions reduction commitments from all the major greenhouse gas emitting nations.

Global goal to cut emissions: Turnbull said it was likely the international talks would set a global goal to cut emissions by about 50 per cent by 2050. “If you were a betting person, you’d say a target of that order was likely, and then the international community has to decide how they are going to get there.”

The Australian Financial Review, 10/10/2007, p. 8

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