Bonn talks test global resolve to fix climate, without Trump

From Reuters - November 5, 2017

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments will try to bolster a 2015 pact to combat climate change at annual talks in Germany from Monday strained by President Donald Trumps plan to pull out and instead promote the U.S. coal and oil industries.

Fijis Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who will preside at the Nov. 6-17 talks of almost 200 nations in Bonn, says he wants more urgent action to cut greenhouse gases as part of the 195-nation Paris Agreement.

The human suffering caused by intensifying hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, floods and threats to food security caused by climate change means there is no time to waste, he said in a statement on Sunday outlining his goals.

Delegates will work on a detailed rule book to help guide the 2015 Paris climate accord, which set a goal of ending the fossil fuel era this century by shifting to renewable energies such as wind and solar power.

But Trump doubts that human activities are the main cause of climate change - a finding endorsed most recently by U.S. scientists in a report on Friday - and said in June that he will quit the Paris pact.

A formal pullout will take until November 2020 and delegates say there are wide uncertainties about how far Washington will balance Trumps pro-coal agenda with the conferences goals.


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