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Report claims Australia out of synch on climate change

Australia is out of synch on climate change when compared to other developed countries, says a report by The Climate Institute, a new Australian organisation headed by Corin Millais, former head of the European Wind Energy Association. The report, "Top Ten Tipping Points on Climate Change -- An Analysis of How the Fundamental Trends of Climate Change have Shifted and Why Australia is Adrift," identifies ten trends whose scope and reach are creating global momentum in the areas of science, solutions, media, and international policy. "When Republicans such as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger introduce laws to cut greenhouse gases by 80% state-wide, then it's obvious the US position is moving fast," says Millais. Despite the sea change on the issue internationally, there is little sense of urgency in the Australian national debate, he adds. "Australia is being outflanked in the fast-paced, multi-billion dollar effort to solve this issue. The critical question is whether Australia will be left behind -- politically and economically."

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