Informit article: Losing paradise

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Leaders from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world gathered in the Maldives in November 2007, and issued the Male Declaration on the Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Calling for urgent action by developed nations, they ‘committed to an inclusive process that puts people, their prosperity, homes, survival and rights at the centre of the climate change debate’. As Australian politicians debate the technicalities of the CPRS Emissions Trading Scheme and how much compensation to provide the coal industry, it’s important we come back to this human dimension.

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