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PM Kevin Rudd ratify treaty - Kyoto Protocol

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PM Kevin Rudd ratify treaty - Kyoto Protocol

Post by shammy on Tue Dec 04, 2007 4:51 pm

4th December,2007

Rudd's first act: yes to climate pact

A DECADE after the Kyoto Protocol was adopted to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, Australia has moved to ratify the treaty in the first official act of the Rudd Labor Government.

Within hours of being sworn in yesterday as Australia's 26th Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd had moved to honour Labor's long-standing pledge to ratify the treaty, which legally commits the nation to an emissions target of 108% of 1990 levels by 2012.

Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson immediately backed the decision - marking a major departure from the era of John Howard, who as prime minister steadfastly refused to ratify Kyoto on the grounds it would harm the economy and did not bind developing nations such as China and India.

The Greens hailed Mr Rudd's decision as "historic" and "many years overdue".

And in Bali, on the first day of the United Nations climate change conference, the meeting erupted into a minute-long standing ovation at Australia's announcement, with claims it would energise moves to confront global warming.


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