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Australia commits to Kyoto 2 for few gains

Australia commits to Kyoto 2 for few gains

Updated 11 November 2012, 12:23 AEDT

Australia has announced it will sign up for a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

Its seen as an interim measure as negotiations continue for a new global agreement to be finalised in 2015 and to start in 2020.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet says it commits Australia to reduce carbon emissions to a minimum of five per cent below 2000 levels by 2020.

However, there's been a mixed response to the announcement.

Correspondent: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Greg Combet, Climate Change Minister, Australia; Andrew Macintosh, associate director, Australian National University's Centre for Climate Law and Policy; Erwin Jackson, deputy CEO, Climate Institute

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