Trump's environment official skipping much of G7 summit

The G7 environment ministers issued a final reportafter their two-day meeting in Bologna, the first since the USA announced it was withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

The Paris accord is aimed at capping the increase in global temperatures at two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

While the US was being "relegated to a footnote on climate action", said Ms. McKenna, Canada and the remaining participants at the meeting - France, Italy, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union - reaffirmed the commitment to the swift implementation of the Paris agreement and the need to urgently tackle climate change.

"The United States has always been a world leader when it comes to environmental stewardship", Pruitt said in a statement.

States, cities, businesses, philanthropies, and universities have vowed to fill the void that the USA federal government makes if it departs from the accord or ignores its voluntary targets: a 26 to 28-percent reduction in the country's carbon emissions by 2025, relative to 2005 levels, and further cuts thereafter.

The Auto Alliance represents 12 auto makers that make up 70 percent of all vehicle and light-truck sales in the US, including the Detroit auto makers, Toyota, BMW and Volkswagen.

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. "Everyone expressed their deep disappointment with the USA decision", she said.

In fact, the final text doesn't say the Paris accord is the only tool for tackling climate change.

Almost 150 countries, including Canada, have ratified the Paris Agreement which calls for action to reduce pollution that traps heat in the atmosphere and to help developing countries adapt to climate change and cope with threats to their survival.

Two days earlier Brown met with China's President Xi Jinping for 45 minutes and signed an agreement with China's Minister of Science and Technology to deepen cooperation on low-carbon urban development and green technology.

In his remarks at the close of the talks, Minister of Economy Gian Luca Galletti from host Italy, said ministers "agreed on everything except for climate".

"The U.S.is bigger than one administration, and we're going to be moving forward with the states, cities and businesses in the United States that are committed to serious climate action", McKenna said.

In a statement, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the communique and the meeting are proof the U.S.is "resetting the agenda" on the Paris agreement.

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.

The Trump administration has started to roll back redundant and costly regulations on the energy sector, but as Trump said in his announcement, staying in the agreement would pose serious obstacles to unlocking the restrictions of unnecessary regulations.

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.

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