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Macron launches environmental counter-initiative to Trump's COP 21 snub

Macron launches environmental counter-initiative to Trump's COP 21 snub
By Robert Hackwill
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French President Emmanuel Macron will take a "World Pact for the Environment" to the UN in September


French President Emmanuel Macron, meeting with two of the architects of the COP 21 Paris climate deal,
Ban ki-Moon and Laurent Fabius, has promised a new “World Pact for the Environment”. He says he will submit a document
to the UN in September, and has welcomed the initial proposals from scientists, experts, lawyers and activists.

“No one can claim today to be able to fight effectively against terrorism for peace in the world, without launching a war on global warming.
I have tried to convince some of my colleagues that this was the way to follow. I have failed on some, as you have noticed. “

Since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris deal the momentum built up since its 2015 signing has deflated,
and Macron wants to re-energise the process, estimating the eventual financial and social costs
of letting icecaps melt and air get dirtier are far higher
than doing nothing.

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