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Pacific Island leaders tackle climate change

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Pacific Island leaders have appealed to global leaders to commit to climate change action following the Pacific Island Forum meeting in Cairns. They say that an average rise in temperature of 1.5 degrees (celsius) or more would affect millions of their constituents in low-lying coastal areas. To achieve this, the world must cut emissions by 50 percent on 1990 levels by 2050. However, no interim targets were confirmed, which Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne said was due to Australia's own low ambitions: "By locking in weak targets they are going to undermine the ambition of the rest of the world, and the communique by the Pacific Islands Forum just proves the point." Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs Stephen Smith, and Minister for Climate Change and Water Penny Wong announced that the next $50 million allocation of the $150 million International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative would go towards priority goals. This includes working with the agricultural sector to address food security issues, protecting water supplies and essential infrastructure and improving coastal zone management.

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