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Key’s climate change ambitions questioned

The Government’s climate change ambitions are being challenged ahead of an upcoming UN conference on the issue in Paris.

It’s looking to back a target that restricts global temperature increase to no more than two degrees.

Labour Leader Andrew Little Little doesn’t think it helps that the bid New Zealand’s putting forward on what it’ll commit to is pretty low compared to that from the Europeans.

He thinks we can afford to do something more ambitious.

“But if getting a deal means we’re just going to low ball it, and take a lesser outcome then its not going to address the long term problem of climate change and rising sea levels, which is important to us and our Pacific neighbours.”

But John Key sees things very differently.

The Prime Minister’s optimistic the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris will see some steps taken to address global warming.

Key said no system’s perfect, pointing out some countries pulled out of the Kyoto Protocols while others used cheap carbon units from developing states.

But he thinks we’re seeing an acceptance by a wide range of countries that climate change needs to be dealt with.

“I don’t think it’ll be absolutely plain sailing in Paris, but I do think you’re going to get progress.”

– Newstalk ZB


Ian Cooper on 26/11/2015 10:58pm

Why do people insist on showing pictures of water vapour being emitted from power plant cooling towers while talking about CO2 and global warming? Perhaps it is a subliminal message considering that water vapour is by far the greatest volume of the Green House Gases and CO2 is a trcae element at best?

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