France's Macron says world is losing battle against climate change

A series of initiatives were unveiled at the

A series of initiatives were unveiled at the"One Planet Summit held in Paris

More than 50 heads of state and government as well as prominent business figures-including Bill Gates and Elon Musk-are taking part in the One Planet Summit in Paris today.

In June, Mr Trump ordered the start of the official withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, after former President Barack Obama was obliged to use an executive order to join the deal in 2016 to bypass climate deniers in Congress. "While the challenge is great, we must do everything in our power to meet it".

French president Emmanuel Macron hailed the progress made at the event and said it was possible to create alternatives to the fossil-fuel driven economy, but that more effort was needed globally.

The 39-year-old president has positioned himself and his country as champions in the global fight against climate change since Trump's decision.

The Paris agreement on climate change, ratified by world governments a year ago, has failed to ensure major investors are moving away from fossil fuels with the urgency required to safeguard the planet, civil society groups have said.

Macron announced the winners, 13 of which are now based in the us, from Paris on the eve of a larger climate science event. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's long-time climate leader, is distracted by negotiations over cobbling together a coalition government.

Both talked about the intensifying pressure to stem climate change to "determine the well-being of all of us", in Merkel's words, and stop "the disappearance of numerous populations represented in this assembly", in Macron's. It followed a meeting of governments in Bonn, Germany, last month under the auspices of the United Nations, aimed at fleshing out the technicalities of the Paris agreement. "Mike Bloomberg, the Governor of California [Jerry Brown] have said they will stand in place of the American government", Macron told an auditorium packed with leaders and officials on Tuesday afternoon. "But if we don't do this, we will not change our collective behavior". But, in a show of the political pressures she's under from industries at home, she stressed that "even in a rich country", the green transition raises "social issues" and "conflicts".

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I don't necessarily agree with Fleishman that we can call the One Planet Summit a charade - though I understand the benefit of a good headline as well as the next writer.

The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris climate change accord, but on Tuesday dozens of world leaders and philanthropists met to find solutions to the swiftly warming planet - and send a message of resolve to the White House.

However, Macron's actions on climate change leave him under fire from green activists and local scientists.

Macron has already followed up on his Make Our Planet Great Again vows to facilitate climate research on French soil, unblocking €30 million for grants and approving applications for 90 candidates to work at France's elite National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) out of some 250 climatologists who applied online. For example, he announced that France will not phase out pollution-spewing diesel engines by 2025. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron applauded efforts to challenge President Trump's climate change policies at the Bonn Climate Change Conference on November 15.

For environmentalists, however, that just stalls the push for renewable energy.

During the panel, Mr Trump's worldwide energy issues adviser George D Banks said it was "controversial only if we chose to bury our heads in the sand". "It would be terrible if we were stuck just on communication".

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