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United States official makes brief appearance at G7 environment summit

13 Juin 2017

U.S. allies in the G7 said on Monday that action to contain devastating climate change was irreversible and could even be accelerated, despite Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris accord.

German magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday said Trudeau had made his comments in a call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who next month will host a G20 summit.

While acknowledging that Trump's ending of U.S. financing for developing countries affected by climate change was an important setback, he said France and other countries were looking at ways of compensating through multilateral development banks.

Kerry, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, said during a visit to Oslo that many us companies, states and cities were pushing ahead with restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions despite Trump's pro-coal policies.

Trump's policies are likely to flatten US emissions around current levels, about 11.5 percent below 2005 levels, according to a study last month by European researchers who compile a Climate Action Tracker.

"Today's action of reaching consensus makes clear that the Paris Agreement is not the only mechanism by which environmental stewardship can be demonstrated", he said.

In a footnote to the communique, the U.S. said it wouldn't join with the other six countries in reaffirming their Paris commitments, but said it was taking action on its own to reduce its carbon footprint.

McKenna said she had told Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, how dismayed she was at Trump's decision.

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He reiterated his view that the Paris Agreement would remain "irreversible, non-negotiable, and the only possible tool to fight climate change" for all the United States' partners in the G7. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna echoed that Monday and pledged to move ahead with US governors, mayors and executives who still support the accord.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna stands during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 8, 2017.

She also said she told Pruitt that the accord is "not open for renegotiation, although we are in the phase of negotiating the rules".

The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times.

The agreement is non-binding.

He said the other G-7 countries hoped to continue "constructive dialogue" with the United States, but insisted on the Paris parameters.

Leaders of the world's most industrialized countries had tried to persuade Trump to stick to the agreement in the last G7 major summit held in Taormina, Italy, on May 26-28. Syria couldn't participate in the Paris negotiations because of sanctions against the government amid the ongoing civil war.