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World leaders vow to defend climate pact

04 June 2017

Captains of industry, corporations and business groups distanced themselves from the White House today, as many expressed frustration with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

"Our government is committed irrespective of the stand of anyone, anywhere in the world".

A source pointed out that Japan and Canada had not signed up to the letter and said the prime minister's approach was "consistent as to how we approach dealings with worldwide leaders".

"I can only hope - he concluded - that the President will propose concrete ways to address global climate change and promote environmental stewardship".

Top European leaders pledged Thursday to keep fighting against global warming as President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, but they rejected his suggestion that the deal could later be renegotiated.

"We will focus our energies in Germany, the European Union and across the world with more resolve than ever before to overcome these challenges of climate change".

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"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries".

"We certainly do not support the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris agreement", he said.

Buildings in the U.S. and in other countries lit up bright green Thursday night in support of the Paris climate accord.

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign the deal.

The leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that they regretted the United States' decision to withdraw from the accord, but affirmed "our strongest commitment" to implement its measures and encouraged "all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change".

Trump said the USA was pulling out in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

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Trump's announcement sent the issue of climate change - and May's attempts to bolster the trans-Atlantic "special relationship" with the US - to the top of the agenda Friday in campaigning for Britain's June 8 election.

Mrs May said: "I've made the UK's position on the Paris Agreement very clear".

He said that participating would undermine the USA economy, wipe out U.S. jobs, weaken American national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world. The Philippine government has urged the U.S. president to reconsider its withdrawal from the agreement.

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who will serve as president of United Nations climate talks in Germany later this year, labelled Trump's announcement "deeply disappointing".

"It's obvious that without the participation of the United States the Paris agreement will be unworkable because the United States is one of the biggest generator of emissions", he said.

Brown is about to begin a trip to China to discuss emissions-reduction policies with other leaders and has promised to fill the void left by the Trump administration.

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During a press conference in the White House Rose Garden Thursday, Trump cited research that suggested the emissions cuts agreed to under the deal would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.

World leaders vow to defend climate pact