Wednesday, 7 February 2007
- That the Senate:
- notes that on 2 February 2007 the world’s foremost authority on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released a review of the state of climate change science, including the important conclusions that:
- most of the global warming over the past 50 years is very likely (at least 90 per cent chance) to be due to human activity, and
- the ‘likely range’ of temperature increases by 2100 for the range of modelled business-as-usual scenarios extends from 1.1°C to 6.4°C with ‘best estimates’ ranging from 1.8°C to 4°C;
- recognises that a global temperature increase of above 2°C would pose an unacceptably high risk of dangerous climate change impacts; and
- calls on the Government to introduce a policy framework that is underpinned by a commitment to contribute fairly to global efforts to constrain temperature rise to 2°C or less.