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Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

US-China Agreement Embarrasses Abbott Government

The emissions deal between China and the United States has left Prime Minister Tony Abbott with egg on his face, a climate change analyst says. Mr Abbott, speaking at the East Asia Summit in Napyidaw, Myanmar, said while welcome, the US-China deal would not prompt him to put climate change on the agenda for this weekend’s G20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane. Mr Abbott said the G20’s focus will be on economic reform, adding that there were plenty of forums where climate change can be discussed. “Interestingly, we’ve just had the APEC conference in Beijing and climate change was hardly mentioned,” he said. “It was mentioned in passing by one leader in Beijing. “And, look, there are lots of venues to deal with climate change. Climate change is a very significant issue.” Chinese and US leaders negotiated the deal in secret over the last nine months. “I’m not saying I knew the specifics and that it was going to occur yesterday, but I was aware that the US and China have a climate change dialogue,” she said. Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the deal was a “a very important outcome for the world with the US adopting a reduction in their overall emissions and China setting themselves the target of peaking”. […]