Greg Hunt, Australia's Minister of the Environment, signs the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friday, April 22, 2016 at U.N. headquarters.
Greg Hunt, Australia's Minister of the Environment, signs the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friday, April 22, 2016 at U.N. headquarters. AP Photo - Mark Lennihan

Greg Hunt signs Paris Agreement to combat climate change

FEDERAL Environment Minister Greg Hunt has signed the Paris Agreement to combat climate change, joining about 170 countries that have committed to the cause.

Mr Hunt signed the agreement in New York and said the involvement of more than 170 nations was the best outcome on the first day on any treaty in the history of the world.

The Paris Agreement sets out a global action plan with an aim to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius.

Mr Hunt said Australia would begin the process to ratify the agreement immediately.

He said Australia would meet and beat the 2020 target of 78 million tonnes of emissions.

"We are therefore on track to meet our 2030 target of reducing emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels," Mr Hunt said.

"Climate change is real, significant and important. "The Paris Agreement is therefore a profoundly important milestone. It is a turning point in the transition to a lower emissions economy."


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