Pressure to act on coal mines rises after Paris deal

THE Federal Opposition has called on the Turnbull government to back its role in the global climate change deal reached last week with concerted action at home.

After two weeks of intense talks, the Paris climate talks secured almost 200 countries agreeing to limit global warming to two degrees or less.

Despite no legal enforcement of the deal, Environment Minister Greg Hunt said it gave "enormous moral weight" to force all countries to "meet and beat those targets".

But Australia was also among those facing that "moral weight", with Mr Hunt returning home to calls for a choice between new coal mines or its climate commitments.

Labor's environment spokesman Mark Butler said the government's current climate policies would only see carbon emissions "go up, not down", which was "completely inconsistent" with the deal.

Civil society group GetUp campaigns director Sam Regester said the government's choice was between maintaining the commitment or maintaining support for the 60 million tonne-a-year Adani Carmichael coal mine.

"The government either supports this mine or takes action on global warming seriously - we can't have it both ways," he said.


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