Jacinda Ardern says Australia has to ‘answer to Pacific’ on climate change

New Zealand prime minister warns Scott Morrison about Canberra’s stance but refuses to call for Australia to transition out of coal

Jacinda Ardern has declared that “Australia has to answer to the Pacific” on climate change, saying that New Zealand is doing what it can to limit global emissions to 1.5C and expects other nations to do the same.

However, the New Zealand prime minister stopped short of saying New Zealand would throw its weight behind the smaller Pacific nations who are urging Australia to commit to a rapid transition from a coal-based economy at this year’s Pacific Islands Forum.

“Issues around Australia’s domestic policy are issues for Australia,” she said, when asked about Australia’s coal use.

Related: Australia’s Kyoto loophole eight times larger than entire Pacific emissions

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