|With Australia signing the Kyoto agreement there is a new impetus to take climate change seriously. In fact, we may be raising the bar we have to get over. "This is the first official act of the new Australian government" said the new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
Professor Barry Brook, director of the Research Institute for Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Adelaide, says ratifying Kyoto in itself is not a fix for climate change (ABC's News in Science service).
"It is an illustration of the fact that we are now serious about it and we are moving into Kyoto phase 2 with action rather than delay in mind."
About 190 nations are in Bali seeking a breakthrough for a new global pact to include the US and developing countries to fight climate change. The new treaty is meant to widen the Kyoto Protocol, which binds 36 industrial countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below 1990 levels by 2008-12.
Professor Matthew England, from the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, talks of a world, post-Kyoto.
"The next step is to secure the future by establishing a post-Kyoto accord; one that is legally-binding and that minimises the risk of dangerous climate change."
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