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IPCC Synthesis Report: Greens respond with comprehensive climate action plan.



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� Bob Brown & Christine Milne

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IPCC Synthesis Report Greens respond with comprehensive climate action plan Melbourne, Sunday 18 November 2007 Responding to the calls for urgent action in the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC's Synthesis Report overnight, the Australian Greens today launched a Six Step Climate Change Action Plan, which will ensure that Australia plays its part in the global effort to keep global warming under the dangerous threshold of 2°C.

“What we do, or do not do, about climate change in the next two terms of government will determine the course of human history. The world’s scientists have again made it clear last night that, to avoid dangerous climate change, global emissions must peak by 2015 if we are to stop climate change from spinning out of control,” Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"The big old parties need to understand that there is such a thing as being too late."

The Greens’ Six Step Climate Change Action Plan will increase energy productivity, create thousands of jobs in clean, green industries and put Australia at the forefront of the global shift to a sustainable, low-carbon economy.”

Staying below 2oC, the Six Step Climate Change Action Plan will:

1. Set science-based emission reduction targets of 30% below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% by 2050, with a ‘polluter pays’ emissions trading scheme based on these targets. 2. Turn around Australia's ballooning energy demand with a substantial effort to increase energy efficiency across the economy. 3. Ensure 15% of Australia’s energy comes from clean, renewable sources by 2012 and

25% by 2020. 4. Immediately end the logging and burning of old growth forests. 5. Shift our transport away from inefficient, petrol-guzzling private cars to efficient, biofuel or electric cars and fast, efficient and cheap mass transit. 6. Ratify the Kyoto Protocol and participate fully in global negotiations for strong post-

Kyoto targets.

Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, said "The IPCC last night reaffirmed the extreme urgency of the situation we have created for ourselves, but also noted that we do still have time to keep global warming below 2oC if we act with resolve now. They set out a range of cost-effective measures we can take now that will see global emissions peak by 2015 and start reducing fast beyond that point.

"Most disturbingly, the IPCC for the first time has recognised that the feed-back loops we are already starting to see - melting of the ice sheets and the slowing of the oceans' capacity to soak up our carbon emissions - may blow out even our current worst-case scenarios.

"In line with the IPCC's advice, the Greens' comprehensive climate policies forming our Climate Change Action Plan will put Australia on track to reducing our emissions to 30% below 1990 levels by 2020, playing our vital role in keeping global warming below 2oC."

“Labor and the Coalition cannot be serious about climate change while they support increased mining and export of coal and uranium, more tollways and the logging and burning of native forests - Australia’s biggest carbon banks. Voters know that for serious action on climate change the Greens are needed in the Senate,” Senator Brown said.

Further information: Ebony Bennett (Sen. Brown) on 0409 164 603 Tim Hollo (Sen. Milne) on 0437 587 562