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South seas carbon bubble: Australia and a Near-Pacific regional climate pact

  • Climatic Changes
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political Science


The author argues that the new Labor government should initiate a regional climate pact, established within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change/Kyoto Protocol framework aiming at both mitigation and adaptation. He examines possible models for such a pact, and argues for the inclusion of major emitters Australia and Indonesia and a diverse group of smaller countries in the Pacific, saying that 'Environmental security is an issue best considered preemptively and cooperatively'. 'If conditions associated with sea levels, and water and food availability, deteriorate, it is certain that issues of environmental security associated with the mass migration of peoples will become significant concerns for regional countries, including Australia.'

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