"Climate Change in G20 Communique After 'Trench Warfare'"

"The final G20 communique includes a significant passage on climate change after "difficult discussions" among leaders on Sunday, and despite an impassioned defence of coal and fossil fuel industry by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

After much wrangling, the final leaders' communique includes a recommendation for nations to commit funds to the UN's Green Climate Fund that Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes.

According to sources, a clear majority of leaders - including US president Barack Obama - argued for stronger language in the  communique on climate change, to the apparent chagrin of Mr Abbott."

Tom Allard reports for the Sydney Morning Herald November 16, 2014.


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"Sausage Making" (Rabett Run)

"Obama Call to Arms Sees G-20 Give UN Climate Talks Momentum" (Bloomberg)

"EU, U.S. Force Inclusion Of Climate Change On G20 Agenda Despite Australia's Protests" (Reuters)

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 11/17/2014