Australia ‘pressurizing’ Pacific Islands to slow-down on Paris agreement

Mazino Dickson

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Australia has stepped up efforts to persuade Pacific Island nations to slow-down on pushing through tough action in-line with the Paris climate change agreement.

To this end, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrived on a two-day visit to attend the Pacific Islands Forum holding in

Morrison wants regional leaders  to back-off from enacting tougher climate goals which seeks to completely put an immediate end to coal mining  – and also limiting temperatures rises to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Australians have however vowed to protect the coal industry; putting the Aussies at odds with the rest of the region.

“Australia’s position on coal is we won’t have a communique where coal and coal-fired generation, or phasing it out now, is a realistic proposition,” Minister for the Pacific Alex Hawke said.

But neighbouring New Zealand is backing the regional effort to curl greenhouse emissions, insisting that Australia “has a case to answer.”