“Australia will suffer from severe water shortages and more wild weather if it fails to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, a report says.

Australia, which has one the world’s highest gas emissions, has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

But Prime Minister John Howard believes that ratifying the Kyoto Protocol on climate change would cost jobs and damage industry.
Mr Howard said the global agreement would be meaningless without the support of the United States, which has also rejected it.” (BBC)