Why is the Pacific so frustrated with Australia’s stance on climate?

It’s a matter of life and death for countries like Tuvalu, where the Pacific Islands Forum is being held this week.

Image: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

“We are already crossing the red lines to keep, to save, the small island countries and to keep them afloat above water,” said Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga.

“We need to implement and recognise our obligations under the convention to avoid dangerous levels of emissions and climate change effect on people and current and future generations.

“So if it is a red line for Australia — coal mining not to touch that — I’m saying we are already crossing the red lines for the lives of the people of Tuvalu and many others.”

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