G7 Environmental Summit kicks off on Sunday but USA leaves early
G7 Environmental Summit kicks off on Sunday but USA leaves early
The US decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord triggered protests
14 June, 2017, 07:09
President Donald Trump announced the USA was withdrawing from the Paris accord earlier this month, framing it as a "reassertion of America's sovereignty".
"We're absolutely committed to climate action and the Paris Agreement", Catherine McKenna told reporters following the meeting of the G7 environment ministers in Bologna, Italy on Sunday and Monday.
The U.S. abstained from sections of a Group of Seven (G7) communiqué related to climate change action, the Paris climate agreement and worldwide development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.
The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt left a weekend meeting of the Group of Seven more than a day early, according to several media reports. Now that Washington made clear it intends to stop putting money into the United Nations' Green Climate Fund and other climate change measures, the differences will be even starker.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) - Top environment officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies met Sunday in Italy amid ongoing differences between the USA and other members of the club over how to deal with climate change. But U.S. business leaders in many sectors, including energy, technology and manufacturing, have embraced the treaty. The six other ministers reaffirmed their "strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement" and welcomed "the continued support that the Paris Agreement has received from other countries, and subnational and non-state actors around the world". All of these countries opposed Trump's plan to withdraw from the Paris accord and spent the weeks leading up to the decision lobbying the administration to remain in the pact.
"The transition to a low-carbon economy is on the march and it has an irreversible dynamic, including in the United States", he said in comments that played on the name of Macron's Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) party.
Quizzed on Good Morning Britain about whether President Trump was wrong to withdraw from the accord, Mr Gove said: "Yes, I think he is wrong". Further, all this assumes that humans are the chief drivers of climate change and that humans can control global climate a century into the future.
The U.S. also wanted to say that it will continue to lead by making emissions reductions, as demonstrated by the cut in domestic carbon dioxide compared to levels before 1994.
In a footnote to the communique, the US said it wouldn't join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint. He added the "US is increasingly isolating itself" and leaving other countries to take the lead.
Trump calls the pact unfair to the US, saying it would hurt the economy while doing next to nothing to prevent global warming.
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On Tuesday, police had to resort to firing when the protesters turned violent and damaged property and set vehicles on fire. We can not understand how a chief minister did not have the information of such a massive protest brewing.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said it was "absolutely essential" that the Paris climate agreement be implemented. In announcing his decision, Trump said he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
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