Climate change denial or indifference are 'perverse attitudes' - pope

Jerome Frank
November 17, 2017

Claire Perry, the climate change minister, made a special plea to the USA president, who was elected on a campaign promise to "end the war on coal". Its members have committed to phasing out coal-burning power plants, supporting clean energy and encouraging carbon capture technology.

Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix.

"There is also an immediate urgency - coal is literally choking and killing our people".

The United States is the world's biggest historical greenhouse gas polluter and second only to China for current-day emissions. "Coal is not coming back", she added.

The Powering Past Coal launch comes just days after US administration officials, along with energy company representatives, led a side event at the talks to promote "fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation".

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A global climate agreement signed past year and that the United States plans to quit was only a start and more steps are needed to fight global warming, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

"It's completely wrongheaded thing to do", Stern, who left the state department in 2016, said on the sidelines of a United Nations climate conference in Bonn which he attended as an observer.

Speaking in Manila on Tuesday at a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called coal the "dirtiest of all fossil fuels" and that reducing its use is one of the greatest challenges to meeting climate change targets.

McKenna says the alliance will see governments helping other governments make the positive change.

"We are in a. race against time to transform the economy faster than the bad stuff of climate change", he said.

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