United States allies determined to sidestep Trump on climate

United States allies determined to sidestep Trump on climate”

French minister Nicolas Hulot said United States allies were determined not to let Trump's controversial climate stance "poison" cooperation on other ecological issues, and said the world could work around the U.S. position, even though it is a damaging one.

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement was widely met with outrage by the worldwide community, which, in addition to viewing it as a signal the US would not pull its weight on offsetting climate change, feared the world's biggest economy bucking the landmark agreement could encourage other countries not to meet their commitments.

A two-day ministerial meeting of the Group of Seven (G7) nations ended in the northern Italian city of Bologna on Monday, confirming the split between the United States and its six major allies on climate change.

Gove, who has himself come under criticism for voting against measures to prevent climate change, said the Paris Accord was "a significant step forward".

Already through the first day of works, however, it was quite clear the rift on climate between the USA and their major allies was much likely to remain unchanged.

McKenna also reiterated on Monday that Canada can work with other players in the U.S.to curb emissions and find business opportunities for clean tech and other industries.

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, only attended the first day of the meeting on Sunday, held as an early summer heatwave settled over Italy, before flying back to Washington.

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In 2013, in his role as education secretary, Mr Gove was accused of trying to "airbrush" climate change from the national curriculum - but he told Good Morning Britain he "strengthened" the position of climate change on school syllabuses.

Canada expressed its deep disappointment in the decision by the United States Administration to walk away from the global consensus of the Paris Agreement.

That came after Trump met the leaders of other G7 countries for their own summit in Italy.

Hulot's comments about the irreversibility of the deal struck in Paris in 2015 were echoed by other senior officials in Bologna.

Trump announced this month that the U.S. would not be bound by Paris targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saying they were unfairly damaging to the American economy and overly generous to India and China.

The Paris accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

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