Earlier this week, I spoke with Kellie Caught, head of climate change campaigning with WWF in Australia, about the outcomes of the conference in Durban, as well as what comes next following the package of Clean Energy and carbon pricing legislation that was passed by the Australian Parliament last month. You can listen to that interview at this link.
The legislative package passed with the support of Labor MPs, plus Independents and the Greens is a major advance, but it’s certainly not the end of all that needs to be done to reduce greenhouse emissions at the level and rate that the vast majority of scientific opinion believes is needed.
There has just been yet another international conference about climate change issues occur in Durban in South Africa. I’ve seen varying views about how good or bad the outcome of that Conference is for the battle to prevent runaway climate changes – these pieces from New Matilda and Climate Spectator are worth reading.
There is much more that needs to be done, but it’s good to finally have some significant legislative and policy movement forward in Australia after so many years of inaction at government level.