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Concerns mount as Australia decides its greenhouse gas emissions targets

Climate change activists are glumly anticipating the announcement tonight of Australia's new greenhouse gas emissions target, which many say is sure to be weak and could even dampen hopes for an ambitious global climate change agreement.

The target -- expected by many to be in the range of 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 -- is currently being debated by key Cabinet officials ahead of a final approval by members of Australia's Coalition, a partnership of center and right-leaning political parties. The goal will be Australia's offering for an international climate change accord.


Obama, U.N. chief push for aggressive global emissions cuts

The United States can "change the world" by tackling climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday emerging from a White House meeting with President Obama.

Calling the Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, "visionary and important leadership," Ban predicted that the U.S. effort will encourage other countries to take bold steps as leaders prepare to sign a global climate change agreement in Paris in December.


Global community looks to EPA rule as big boost for Paris talks

From Brussels to Bangladesh, the international community yesterday praised the Obama administration's landmark regulations to combat climate change and said the U.S. move bodes auspiciously for negotiations toward a global accord this year.

The final Clean Power Plan rule that U.S. EPA released yesterday is aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. Doing so will be key to meeting Obama's international pledge to slash emissions across all sectors 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.


'We might not exist anymore' -- island nations push for urgent action on climate at U.N.

Climate change is fundamentally redefining national security for island nations, leaders told the United Nations Security Council yesterday.

The daylong debate convened by New Zealand also delved into piracy, terrorism and illegal fishing. But it was the threat of rising temperatures that island leaders said has topped all other concerns. Collectively, they called for a legally binding global climate accord that keeps global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, and demanded the United Nations' security apparatus make meaningful changes to address island issues.

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