G7 talks end with gap between U.S., other states

G7 talks end with gap between U.S., other states

G7 talks end with gap between U.S., other states

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt attended the G7 meeting but left the summit one day early on Saturday, after other countries bashed Trump's decision to leave the Paris accord.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry predicted on Monday that the United States will achieve goals to limit climate change set by the Obama administration despite President Donald Trump's decision to quit a 2015 global pact.

Differences between the United States and other leading economies over climate change remain wide and are not likely to narrow, environment ministers from G7 countries said on Sunday.

Important players in U.S. industry and individual cities and states are already implementing changes aimed at meeting the targets laid down in Paris, where most of the world's countries agreed to try to cap global temperature rises at 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Acknowledging the negative impact of climate change on eradication of poverty and achievement of sustainable development, the ministers committed to jointly gather $ 100 billion United States dollars a year in 2020, with public and private funding, to support climate actions in developing countries.

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The world's largest economies are divided over how to tackle global warming following the withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate accord this month.

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"In his call with the Chancellor, the Prime Minister emphasized the shared commitment to combatting climate change, strengthening environmental protections, and pursuing clean energy and sustainable development".

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.

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It's understandable, perhaps, that having just pulled out of the Paris agreement, the United States would not endorse statements that sing its praises and call for its implementation. Trump's plans to renegotiate a more favorable deal for the US have been rebuffed by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy. Rather, it says that the accord is "the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change and adapting to its effects".

"The Forum continues to provide an opportunity to work with the administration and other corporate leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry".

Supporters of the Paris accord have called Trump's move a blow to worldwide efforts to tackle dangers of global warming.

Stressing that "we worked to build bridges", Galletti reiterated that for six of the seven members, excluding the United States, "the Paris climate agreement is irreversible, non-negotiable and the only possible instrument to fight climate change".

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