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Australia ready to join Kyoto ‘second commitment’ period

November 9: The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet announced today that Australia is ready to join a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol was the first global treaty to set binding obligations on countries to cut emissions. Australia’s accession to the Kyoto Protocol on 12 December 2007 was one of the first acts of the Labor Government.

The Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period ends on 31 December this year and a second commitment period to restrain greenhouse gas emissions is to begin on 1 January 2013.

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