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Pacific Islands Forum standoff: Australia only country opposed to strong climate action

Nanumea atoll

Screenshot: Nanumea Atoll, Tuvalu/Amazing Planet/YouTube

A summit of leaders in the Pacific Islands has ended after a tense twelve hours of negotiations that saw Australia standing in opposition to strong climate action from the rest of the region.

The final communique of the Pacific Islands Forum includes a commitment to keep warming below 1.5 degrees C and a call to immediately end coal mining, but includes loopholes that allow countries to ignore the measures.

Several leaders publicly blasted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose support of the controversial Adani coal mine was key to his recent election, as being the aggressive holdout on climate change. “I said to the Australian prime minister that ‘you are concerned about your economy, I am concerned the future of my people,'” Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga told reporters.

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