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Japan, other nations face difficulties changing US Paris accord decision

Japan, other nations face difficulties changing US Paris accord decision”

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.

"It was very sad to see that the United States was relegated to a footnote on climate action", McKenna told reporters Monday, saying she told Pruitt the pact is not up for renegotiation and that he left the meeting after a couple of hours.

Trump has sometimes dismissed man-made climate change as a hoax even though a United Nations panel of leading scientists says it is at least 95 percent probable that man-made emissions were the main cause of warming since the 1950s.

"I believe engaging in global discussion is of the utmost importance to the United States when it comes to environmental issues", Pruitt said in the statement. One was written by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy and the other by the Climate Mayors, which was signed by 292 US mayors.

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Trump's representative at the meeting, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, was unrepentant, insisting U.S. action spoke louder than words. But he tweeted that he "spent meaningful time" with the G-7 ministers. Alongside Syria and Nicaragua, the U.S.is now the only nation not participating in the accord. For instance, the Paris agreement would cause substantial problems for many cattle ranchers and others in the agricultural industry.

Pruitt made a habit in recent months of saying there is a US trend toward lower emissions from a peak in 2007, thanks to the glut of fracked natural gas pushing out coal as a source of electric power.

Japan rejected as a pointless exercise pleas by France, Germany and Italy for it to pledge support for the Paris Agreement on climate change in a joint statement immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Washington was pulling out of the accord.

Trump said he wanted to negotiate a better deal for the U.S. But several world leaders said the deal is not open for renegotiation. "The global community awaits our message".

"We are resetting the dialogue to say Paris is not the only way forward", Pruitt said in a statement.

"The world, through the Paris Accord, has made the commitment to make the turn to a decarbonised future".

The call is included in the final statement taken unanimously at the end of the two-day meeting in the Italian city of Bologna, but without the support of the U.S. delegation to the chapter on climate change.

"Our hope is that together with big emerging economies we can turn our commitments into action - boldly enough and quickly enough - to protect the most vulnerable among us", said Thoriq Ibrahim, the Maldives environment minister and chair of the Alliance of Small Island States.

Instead, the US was mentioned in a footnote touting its goals of a "strong" economy and "healthy" environment, and which implied it had already met climate goals.



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