Australia dilutes Pacific leaders’ climate warning

PACIFIC leaders warned the world faces a climate crisis Friday but complained their message on global warming had been “watered down” at Australia’s insistence. The annual Pacific Island Forum wrapped up in Tuvalu late Thursday with Australia and the group’s 17 other members sharply at odds on climate change, potentially undermining Canberra’s efforts to curb China’s growing influence in the region. Leaders of island nations, many of which are threatened by rising seas, talked tough throughout the summit, criticising Australia’s lack of action on the “existential threat” of global warming. Their aim was to issue a compelling global call to action from nations on the frontline of climate change ahead of UN talks in New York next month. But Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conceded that a climate statement and communique released in the early hours of Friday morning after 12 hours of tense negotiations fell short of expectations. “I think we can say we should’ve done more work for our people,” he told reporters. The PIF statements refer to a climate crisis and reiterate previous warnings that global warming is the most serious threat facing the Pacific. “The time to act is now,” the leaders said. But there was no direct mention of ending coal-fired power, while calls to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius and achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050 were couched as suggestions rather than demands. “We came together in a nation that risks disappearing to the seas, but unfortunately, we settled for the status quo in our communique,” Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama tweeted. “Watered-down climate language has real consequences — like water-logged homes, schools, communities, and ancestral burial grounds.” ‘Strong exchange’ Sopoaga said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was behind the compromised language. “We expressed very strongly during our exchange, between me... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Australia dilutes Pacific leaders’ climate warning, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Australia dilutes Pacific leaders’ climate warning





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Thursday, 15 August



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