Carbon reduction targets too low: Africa

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Developed nations have set their carbon reductions targets too low, according to African climate change negotiator Lumumba Di-Aping. Di-Aping has identified Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as two leaders who have played politics rather than committed to an agreement. "The issue about whether there is a politically binding agreement and a legally binding agreement; I do not know of anything called politically binding agreement," he said. "Tell me of any politician who delivered on his political manifesto. Was it Gordon Brown? Was it Kevin Rudd? If there is anything that you know about politics and political manifestos is that they're worth very little." The accusation came at a meeting in Barcelona, Spain last week, designed as a prelude to the United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark next month. Rudd has pledged to reduce Australian emissions by at least five percent and up to 25 percent in a global agreement, but Di-Aping believes it should be 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. While Minister for Climate Change Penny Wong acknowledged that disagreement was a positive thing, it was Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne who supported the African stance. "We have to lift our game and do the right thing and put 40 percent on the table in Copenhagen," she said. "They are saying it is time that we had science-based targets that give the planet a chance, that in fact give their people a chance for a start."


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