U.S. opts out of G7 pledge stating Paris climate accord is 'irreversible'

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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.

It also specifically noted President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally pull out of the landmark Paris agreement on climate change.

"I believe engaging in worldwide discussion is of the utmost importance to the United States when it comes to environmental issues", Pruitt said in the statement.

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.

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When G7 leaders met in Sicily last month, they publicly recognised that the USA was isolated on the climate issue, with the other six member countries vowing to continue their efforts to address global warming by curbing emissions while promoting green technology and renewable energy forms.

Erik Solheim, the head of the UN's Environment Program, called on the United States to lead global action on climate change, despite the Trump administration's ongoing assault on environmental regulations. "We are absolutely committed to climate action and the Paris agreement and we have been extremely vocal about this".

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"The global community is awaiting for our message", Galletti said, calling it one of sustainable development, ecology and serving the world population. Bloomberg has with him a bipartisan coalition of business people, mayors, and governors throughout the United States who are willing to uphold the terms of the Paris Climate Accord, whether the government is a part of it or not.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni have said the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, urging their allies to speed up efforts to combat global warming.

Scientists have known since the 19th century that burning coal, oil and gas spews carbon dioxide into the air, which then acts like a blanket to trap heat on Earth. His plans to renegotiate a more favourable deal for the United States have been rebuffed by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy.

While the USA signed on to the document, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt included an addendum that makes clear America will not participate in the Paris pact. Italy holds the G7 presidency for 2017.

Catherine McKenna, minister of environment for Canada which will host the G7 process in 2018, said they hoped the United States might yet return to the fold to at least some extent.

The report says litigation "has arguably never been a more important tool to push policymakers and market participants" to fight climate change.

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