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California politics updates: Gov. Brown announcing climate summit

09 Julio 2017

Donald Trump is learning the hard way that he cannot thwart the entire world on climate change and expect to continue with business as usual.

A gathering of global economic powers concluded on Saturday with the United States standing alone as the sole country that declined to sign onto a communique addressing climate policy issues - confirming fears that, in the Trump era, the G20 will devolve into the G19 without the United States.

Climate action advocates fear the United States' decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could prompt other countries to follow suit at the Group of 20 summit this week. Such points were expressed through looting, setting fire to vehicles, and violent encounters with the police.

But just to emphasise how things have nudged, of only a little, away from the obsession with open markets, the communiqué did note that states had a right to protect their own markets. The countries also agreed to monitor and report their emissions.

"The leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible", the statement read.

The North Korean ambassador in London was summoned to the Foreign Office for a dressing-down over the latest test. "Meanwhile the rest of the world is moving ahead".

Anti-globalisation protesters have set cars ablaze and tried to block entry to the summit grounds.

"Look, it's up to you and it's up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change", Brown will tell the thousands of people expected to attend the festival.

Erdoğan, Trump meet on the sidelines of G20 Hamburg summit
Erdogan also called international community to take immediate action for the drought-affected people in east and southern Africa. Erdogan also said Turkey would continue its efforts in solving disputes in the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

The focus of the Summit, however, remained the issue of climate change as the US was isolated with the other 19 member states strongly backing the Paris accord.

Opening shots suggesting this discord came from Jean-Claude Juncker, who described the EU as being in "elevated battle mood" at the US slide towards protectionism, notably on promises to protect the steel industry.

The draft says the committed to an "approach that ... lowers emissions while supporting economic growth and improving energy security needs".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference that she "deplored" Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord, adding: "I think it's very clear that we could not reach consensus, but the differences were not papered over, they were clearly stated".

In sum, another summit with little resolution, another indicator of a fractured international community, with more, rather than less discordance, to come.

Even the worst-case scenario doesn't spell defeat for the agreement. It has already reduced levels in the county's unincorporated areas by 18 percent, according to the resolution.

The leaders have been engaged in a shadow play, with Trump's admiration for Putin tempered by the necessities of imperial disapproval from establishment hacks. "We have a communique", one EU official said.

We also call upon the G20 to recognize the role of sub-national governments, states, regions, cities, in leading and delivering on climate action.

California politics updates: Gov. Brown announcing climate summit