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Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Page: 13525

Senator BROWN (Tasmania) (3.46 p.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—

(a) views, with due gravity, the mounting evidence for global warming including:

(i) a sea level rise of 10 to 20 centimetres since 1900,

(ii) nine of the world's ten hottest years (since temperature records began) have occurred since 1990,

(iii) the rapid melting of glaciers in Greenland, Alaska, and the Himalayas,

(iv) the record frequency of tornadoes in the United States of America,

(v) the average 1.2 degrees Celsius higher temperature across the Murray Darling basin in the 2002-03 summer, worsening drought and bushfires, and

(vi) Europe's heatwave;

(b) recognises global warming's catastrophic potential for the Australian and global economies, society and environment;

(c) accepts that global warming is being induced by human activity which is both identifiable and able to be modified;

(d) calls on the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) and his Cabinet to:

(i) acknowledge the need for much greater national action to curb the release of greenhouse gases from Australian sources, well beyond the goals of the Kyoto Protocol, and

(ii) take an urgent lead in the international effort to reverse global warming, including at the forthcoming Forum of South Pacific nations (some of which face obliteration from the rising sea levels).

Question agreed to.