US Left as 'Footnote' in G7 Climate Talks

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt was recalled from Group of Seven climate talks in Italy.

At the annual meet-up for environment ministers from Group of Seven (G7) countries including Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom, one of the main agenda items was advancing the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

The Group of Seven countries could not bridge the gap with the USA with regards to the Paris Agreement on climate change at a meeting of its environment ministers which began on Sunday.

The U.S. abstained from sections of a Group of Seven (G7) communiqué related to climate change action, the Paris climate agreement and global development funds focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change, according to a joint statement following a meeting of G7 environment ministers.

Its primary goal is to prevent Earth's global temperature from increasing 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 by significantly reducing the world's carbon-dioxide emissions.

Pruitt was one of the Paris accord's most vocal opponents within the Trump administration.

Mr Galletti later said differences between the USA and other leading economies over climate change remain wide and look to stay that way.

Since the Trump announcement on June 1, many states, including California and NY, and large numbers of USA cities have said they intend to continue to enact policies aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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The U.S. representative did not agree on the point. The six other ministers reaffirmed their "strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement" and welcomed "the continued support that the Paris Agreement has received from other countries, and subnational and non-state actors around the world". But in spite of all the made-up hysteria about the Paris climate agreement, the Trump decision shouldn't be all that controversial.

The United States' current relations with our allies in Europe will be damaged further due to this move.

Environment ministers and officials met in a luxury hotel, sitting around a table covered in lush grass, to discuss issues ranging from climate change to sustainable development and litter at sea.

While it will take years for the completely withdraw from the deal, Monday's statement is the first tangible sign - other than Mr. Trump's Rose Garden announcement two weeks ago - to the rest of the world that the administration is serious about withdrawal.

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement prompted some big names to resign from White House advisory boards in protest.

In 2013, in his role as education secretary, Mr Gove was accused of trying to "airbrush" climate change from the national curriculum - but he told Good Morning Britain he "strengthened" the position of climate change on school syllabuses.

If the USA follows through with its pledge to formally withdraw from the pact, which can not happen formally until November 4, 2020, the country would join just two others-Syria and Nicaragua-as non-parties to the agreement. Trump says the deal will cost and harm the economy.