Although Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has so far struck a conciliatory tone at the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris, known as COP21, he broke with other world leaders Tuesday by refusing to sign a pledge phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.

Under former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who once declared coal is “good for humanity,” Australia walked back many of its climate change commitments, including abandoning a carbon trading scheme

Turnbull, who addressed COP21 on Monday local time, has reemphasised the country’s appetite for combatting global warming, but environmental advocates are watching Australia’s new prime minister closely as he attends the landmark talks in Paris. Read more…

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