European leaders vow to defend Paris climate pact at upcoming G-20 summit

European leaders have vowed to defend the landmark Paris climate pact at a G-20 summit next week. Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and other EU economies acknowledged their long standing ties with Washington, but said they would not give in on existential threats like global warming.

They also warned that the protectionism and isolationism symbolised by Trump’s “America First” stance will not solve global problems. Germany is hosting the two day summit on July 7-8 in the city of Hamburg. Chancellor Angela Merkel said, the 2015 Paris deal is not negotiable.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has strongly defended his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, declaring himself proud of the move.

Trump said during a speech on the future of the US energy sector in Washington that in order to protect American jobs, companies and workers, America has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord.

Climate change has become a major bone of contention between the United States and its Western allies, and the issue is set to loom large when Trump meets Group of 20 leaders in Hamburg. The United States is the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China.

The Paris Agreement commits signatories to make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, which is blamed for melting ice caps and glaciers, rising sea levels and more violent weather events.

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