Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has praised the outcome of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban as a significant breakthrough in tackling global warming.
The conference has agreed to begin negotiations on a new accord which would put all nations under the same legal regime.
Representatives of 194 countries agreed to move towards a new agreement to replace the existing Kyoto Protocol…
… Mr Combet said the new agreement was an important first step towards a comprehensive agreement covering all major economies.
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A marathon United Nations climate conference has approved a roadmap towards an accord which for the first time will bring all major emitters of greenhouse gases under a single legal roof.
If approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change.
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(Greenpeace International executive director) Mr Naidoo said the global climate regime amounts to nothing more than a voluntary deal that has been put off for a decade.
Oh yes … and just by the way:
The unseasonably low temperatures started over southern states during the weekend as a mass of cold air from the Southern Ocean pushed north behind a cold front.
The cold air then travelled north through NSW and southern Queensland on Monday and combined with cloud cover has kept temperatures as much as 17C below average.
Sydney had recorded seven consecutive days below 23C, the city’s coldest start to summer in 51 years, The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Tom Saunders said.
Canberra is yet to reach 25C this month, its coldest start to summer in 24 years. Brisbane has also failed to record a day with above average temperatures over the past week, its coldest start to summer in at least 12 years.
The chilly summer weather will continue with Sydney forecast to remain below average for at least another week.
If Sydney makes it to next Thursday, December 15, without reaching its December average of 25C it will be the coldest start to summer in 77 years.
If Canberra does not reach 25C by Wednesday it will be the capital’s coldest start to summer since records began in 1939, Mr Saunders said.