We need global co-operation on climate change, says Gove in Trump attack

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Trump said earlier this month he intends to withdraw the USA from the agreement unless it can be renegotiated.

While the USA was being "relegated to a footnote on climate action", said Ms. McKenna, Canada and the remaining participants at the meeting - France, Italy, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union - reaffirmed the commitment to the swift implementation of the Paris agreement and the need to urgently tackle climate change.

In fact, the day after the president's announcement, a total of 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities signed on to what is in fact an "America First" climate pledge to see that the USA "remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions".

Local governments are banding together to fight climate change following President Donald Trump's announcement last week the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, The Hill reports.

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The five-day visit by Jerry Brown, a Democrat, came just days after Trump declared on 1 June that the United States would pull out of the Paris Accord, which broadly commits 195 countries to try and keep the global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

"I also asked the United States to clarify its position that it wanted to renegotiate the Paris agreement", McKenna said. "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 "En Marche!" movement. The final declaration of the event also included other issues of world interest such as the fulfillment of the goals of the UN Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, particularly on Africa, the efficiency of resource management related to circular economy and management of marine waste.

Almost 150 countries, including Canada, have ratified the Paris Agreement which calls for action to reduce pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and to help developing countries adapt to climate change and cope with threats to their survival. "That the U.S.is now left as a footnote to climate action ... is very sad". Energy ministers failed to agree to a common statement thanks to the USA, leaving the Italian presidency to simply publish a chair summary.

T he problem with the Paris Agreement is how it was done - without the approval of the American people or their elected representatives through a ratified treaty.

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"Everything else for us is excluded", he said.

Hulot added: "Symbolically it is important that the United States remains in an environmentalist dynamic, even if it wants to maintain a degree of latitude on climate change and prefers a bilateral approach to a multilateral one on that issue".

Other countries initially opposed the US proposal to include a footnote on its different climate change position, arguing that footnotes are for facts, according to the G6 delegate. But U.S. business leaders in many sectors, including energy, technology and manufacturing, have embraced the treaty.

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