US, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting

US, G7 partners remain at odds on climate at environment meeting

President Donald Trump announced the USA was withdrawing from the Paris accord earlier this month, framing it as a "reassertion of America's sovereignty".

Presenting the report, Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, called the Paris accord "irreversible, non-negotiable and the only instrument possible to combat climate change".

The US has refused to sign up to a G7 pledge that calls the Paris climate accord the "irreversible" global tool to address climate change.

Important players in USA 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.

Pruitt was one of the Paris accord's most vocal opponents within the Trump administration.

"We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities", announced Ford Motor Co "Our commitment to sustainability is why we're investing so heavily in electrification and adding 13 new electrified vehicles to our lineup".

Mr. Trump announced earlier this month that the USA will bow out of the global effort to avert the worst impacts of climate change, saying the Paris agreement would create job losses in the American coal, oil and natural gas industries, and in the manufacturing sector.

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Trump has said that his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris deal or set up a new agreement on "terms that are fair to the United States", which is the world's second biggest carbon emitter behind China.

Some studies suggest the United States will cut emissions as much as 19 percent by 2025 if it simply moves forward as is, he said. According to a Japanese official, Pruitt said the USA will make efforts to curb emissions as a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - the precursor to the Paris accord - and explained that the U.S.is not against taking measures to prevent global warming.

12 states and Puerto Rico have become members of the U.S. Climate Alliance and remain committed to achieving existing Carbon dioxide emission reduction goals (Green States). The coalition aims to uphold USA commitments under the Paris Agreement, and it also says it wants to meet or exceed the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era EPA rule on power plant emissions.

If the USA follows through with its pledge to formally withdraw from the pact, which can not happen formally until November 4, 2020, the country would join just two others-Syria and Nicaragua-as non-parties to the agreement.

As a result, the USA said it would not join those sections of the report on climate and multilateral development banks.

Supporters of the USA withdrawal said the pact would impose unfair environmental standards on the US and endanger jobs in the fossil-fuel sector and other industries.

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