WELLINGTON : Tears and Shouting as Australia dilutes Pacific climate warning.

A Pacific summit has descended into tears, recriminations, and shouting between pro-coal Australia and and low-lying island nations facing the existential threat from climate change.

The animal Pacific Island Forum wrapped up in Tuvalu late Thursday with Australia and the group's  17 other members sharply at odds, potentially undermining Canberra's efforts to curb China's  growing influence in the region.

There were serious arguments and even shouting, crying, people, leaders were shedding tears,'' Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Spoaga told Australia's national broadcaster ABC after the summit broke up with a communique with ''watered down'' language on global warming.

The group had gathered in Funafuti hoping to issue a compelling global call to action from nations on the frontline of climate change ahead ahead of the UN talks in New York next month.

But Sopoaga conceded that a climate statement and communique released in the early hours of Friday morning after 12 hours of tense negotiations fell short of expectations. ''I can think we can say that we should've done more work for our people,'' he told reporters.

The joint statement refers to a climate crisis and reiterates previous warnings that global warming is the most serious threat facing the Pacific.

''The time to act is now,'' the leaders said. But there was no direct mention of ending coal-fired power, while calls to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degree Celsius and achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050 were couched as suggestions rather than demands.

''We came together in a nation that risks disappearing to the seas, but unfortunately we settled for the status quo in our communique,'' Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama tweeted .

''Water-down climate language has real consequences - like water-logged homes, schools, communities, and ancestral burial grounds.'' [Agencies]

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