|MP Hunt: A lone voice crying in the wilderness?|
Reuters reports (link) that
Australia's opposition backs Kyoto 2
Aug 16 (Reuters Point Carbon) - Australia's opposition Liberal party climate spokesman Greg Hunt on Thursday gave his "in principle" backing to signing up for a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, making it easier for the under-fire government to sign the U.N. climate treaty.No mention of the USA. The Howard Government had the sense not to sign the original Kyoto.
"What the world really needs is to bring China and India and Indonesia on board, to bring Russia and Brazil on board. I think it will be easier to strike a 2016 agreement to commence in 2020, if there is a Kyoto 2," Hunt said, according to The Age.
Original Kyoto Agreement:
Kyoto is a legally binding agreement between signed-up countries to meet emissions reduction targets of all greenhouse gases by 2012 relative to 1990 levels.
No. of countries which took part in the discussions (in 1997): 141
No. of (industrialised) countries which ratified the agreement (in 2001): 34
...the Australian government has ducked making any commitments towards a new Kyoto period.The Canadian Minister Peter Kent, after the Durban conference announced that Canada would withdraw from Kyoto.