Nations to work on curbing climate change despite Trump

Saturday, 04 November 2017, 11:23:53 AM. BERLIN (AP) - Governments, scientists, industry groups and environmental campaigners are meeting in Germany next week to discuss implementing a global agreement to curb climate change, despite uncertainty over how the United States will figure into the effort. President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that the U.S. will pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord unless his administration
BERLIN (AP) — Governments, scientists, industry groups and environmental campaigners are meeting in Germany next week to discuss implementing a global agreement to curb climate change, despite uncertainty over how the United States will figure into the effort. President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that the U.S. will pull out of the 2015 Paris climate accord unless his administration can secure a better deal. Other countries have pledged to press on regardless at the Nov. 6-17 meeting in the western German city of Bonn. The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) will be presided over by Fiji, one of the small island nations particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. Researchers say extreme weather like the events of recent months — including hurricanes in the Caribbean, heatwaves in Europe and flooding in south Asia — are going to become more frequent as a result of climate change. To prevent catastrophic consequences, they say countries must make concerted efforts to shift the global economy away from fossil fuels and to adjust to some inevitable impacts, such as rising sea levels. "This COP is more important than most people realize," Andrew Steer, head of the World Resources Institute, a Washington-based environmental think tank, said. Steer said a growing number of commitments from governments, as well as from major companies and cities around the world was "broadly encouraging." He noted the falling cost of renewable energy — a key...Read more
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