First progress report on the Asia-Pacific partnership on clean development and climate

Climate change Economic development Australia Pacific Area Asia

The fundamental challenge facing the global community on climate change is how to avoid increasing concentrations of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere at a rate swift enough to avoid climate induced changes that would be catastrophic to human life. Based on the outcomes of the Sydney meeting, the AP6 initiative does not significantly contribute to the global climate challenge. AP6 may, of course, develop its stated outcomes and methods for achieving them at a later stage. Such a move would be welcome if this development were to lead to the ability to introduce cleaner technologies at a rate faster than presently planned and a scale far bigger than currently envisaged. AP6, as it currently stands, falls down in three key areas.

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