Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Almost 60 Countries Meeting In Paris To Talk Climate Change

Almost 60 Countries Meeting In Paris To Talk Climate Change

Moving away from using fossil fuels and leaning heavily on businesses to green up their act, the "One Planet Summit" in Paris on Tuesday set out a raft of wide-ranging commitments to turn the tables on climate change.

Macron used the eve of the summit to award 18 grants to foreign climate scientists, most of whom are now USA -based, to come and work in France.

Donald Trump, president of the USA, has vowed to withdraw his country from the agreement, but this action can not take effect until November 2020, the day after that year's United States presidential election.

All countries have signed the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by cutting greenhouse emissions and investing in green energy, although the U.S. under President Donald Trump has pledged to withdraw from the deal in 2020.

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Macron, who has worked to establish his role as a global leader since his sweeping election win in May, said modern-day science was revealing with each day the danger that global warming posed to the planet.

Macron devised the grant competition himself and announced it just hours after Trump pulled the USA from the Paris climate accords in June.

"OK, we have to react and do something, because it's impossible to leave this all to - a sort of dismantling of the Paris agreement", he told the United States network in Paris.

The Bretton Wood institution made this known on Tuesday at a climate summit meant to boost global shift to cleaner energy.

Parmesan said she will move her research operations to an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees mountains, where she will study the effects of climate change on wildlife populations.

French state-controlled utility EDF on Monday said it would invest 25 billion euros to develop 30 gigawatts of solar capacity in France between 2020 and 2035.

Separately, nine European energy companies including EDF, Italy's Enel, Spain's Iberdrola SA and Britain's SSE said they would include green bonds in their financing policies.

"Right now, the world's poorest people are getting only a tiny fraction of the help they desperately need to survive", Oxfam said in a statement.

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