Global energy summit draws world leaders to fight climate change
LONDON — The leaders of more than a dozen nations and their leaders from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) met in a summit in the French Alps Sunday, with the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures.
The summit is the culmination of nearly three years of talks and is intended to forge a new energy strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.
It comes just weeks after a United Nations report called for an end to the burning of coal, oil and natural gas for electricity.
A meeting on Sunday between President Emmanuel Macron of France, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Russia was meant to focus on climate change, but instead became a showcase for the summit.
The leaders of the G7 nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are expected to discuss the importance of climate change at their upcoming summit in Paris later this year.
The meeting took place less than two months after Trump’s election victory, when the summit came to a close with the leaders reaffirming their commitment to reduce emissions from fossil fuels in order to combat climate change.
The U.S. and the world economy have been hit hard by rising temperatures and the potential for the earth to warm by 1C by the end of the century.
The Paris agreement is aimed at curbing those effects and is seen as the main step to achieving that goal.
It was a meeting that many thought would be short and short-lived.
But the meeting took on a life of its own and the final text of the agreement has become a flashpoint in the climate debate.
The G7 summit comes after Trump signed an executive order this week that would slash U.N. greenhouse gas emission cuts by one-third by 2025, and would increase production of carbon-emitting fossil fuels and the production of nuclear energy.