Thursday, January 12, 2006

AP6 a whole lot of hot air

The inaugral Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6) has come up with a rather unimpressive resolve to invent new technologies to make fossil fuels 'cleaner'. To this end it is pledging $A170 million over 5 years.

Too little, too late, wrong focus. Global warming was flagged as a problem to the world by the revelations of the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1990, which pointed to strong and growing evidence of temperature rise, sea level rise and other changes resulting from rising emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.

That report stressed the need for a 60 to 80 percent cut in CO2 emissions just to stabilise rising atmospheric concentrations of this greenhouse gas. Australia's government responds 16 years later by pledging $A25 million for the next 5 years - their way to avoid the only real effective course of action, and that is to set an effective target for the reduction of CO2 emissions.

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