Canada disappointed with Trump's withdrawal from Paris accord: McKenna

Kerry, an architect of the Paris climate agreement, said during a visit to Oslo that many us companies, states and cities were pushing ahead with restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions despite Trump's pro-coal policies.

Building on U.S. President Donald Trump's decision earlier this month to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, the U.S. was the lone holdout during Monday's G7 environment ministers' joint pledge to ramp up efforts to curb global warming and mobilize financial aid for poorer countries coping with climate change.

Italy's environment minister, Gian Luca Galletti, who is leading the G-7 environment meeting in Bologna, said that despite the split, dialogue had to continue, including on other environmental issues such as ocean pollution.

On 5 June 2017, the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia joined the US Climate Alliance, a coalition committed to upholding the Paris Agreement. "Let's be clear: the bigger than one administration", she said.

In the point 7 of the 15-page final communique, they "reaffirm strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement, which remains the global instrument for effectively and urgently tackling climate change, and adapting to its effects".

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

"We hope other counties will sign on as well", Supervisor Mike Carberry said.

The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015 to outline what the world needs to do to limit the increase in temperature of the planet to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times. To meet the carbon-dioxide emissions targets, the United States would have to significantly cut back its use of traditional energy resources, including oil and natural gas, hurting the economies of many Midwestern and Western states.

McKenna will visit the Vatican Tuesday to speak with representatives there about "the need to act on climate change", she said.

Leaders of the world's most industrialized countries had tried to persuade Trump to stick to the agreement in the last G7 major summit held in Taormina, Italy, on May 26-28.

Patricia Espinosa, the United Nations official in charge of implementing the Paris accord, stressed that Trump's pullout would not make any difference in the short-term.

Canada expressed its deep disappointment in the decision by the United States Administration to walk away from the global consensus of the Paris Agreement. His plans to renegotiate a more favourable deal for the USA have been rebuffed by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy.

The magazine portrayed Trudeau's position as a key factor that would make it hard for other countries to pressure the do more on climate change.

  • Zachary Reyes