Expert urges Australia to pass ETS

IT is in Australia's interest to pass an emissions trading scheme before global climate change talks in Copenhagen, British climate expert Nicholas Stern says.

His comments come as the Coalition looks set to vote down the Federal Government's carbon pollution reduction scheme in the Senate today.

Lord Stern, speaking just before releasing a report on what rich countries need to do to reduce emissions and make this month's Copenhagen forum a success, said Australia was extremely vulnerable to climate change consequences like sea level rise.

"It is in Australia's interests to have a strong international deal and by acting strongly, Australia will be able to promote (that)," he told ABC TV last night.

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