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World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

He argued against Trump's plans to resurrect coal mining, saying "it's time for President Trump to join the rest of the world, not oppose it" on climate change.

Moving away from using fossil fuels and leaning heavily on businesses to green up their act, the "One Planet Summit" in Paris on Tuesday set out a raft of wide-ranging commitments to turn the tables on climate change.

Large companies, investors and national and local governments met in Paris on Tuesday to celebrate the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark 2015 agreement, which bound almost all developed and developing countries for the first time to keep global temperatures below 2C, the threshold scientists regard as the limit of safety.

Macron launched the initiative June 1, the same day President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the climate change pact.

Macron repeatedly tried to persuade the USA leader to reverse his decision.

Macron said in a CBS News interview on Monday the USA decision to unilaterally quit the Paris accord had provided an impulse for action by governments and the private sector.

Macron's appeal "gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, to have the head of state saying I value what you do", said victor Camille Parmesan of the University of Texas at Austin.

"We are losing the battle, we should not be mistaken", Macron told the arena packed with world delegates, adding that there was no longer an excuse not to heed the scientific warnings about climate change.

Parmesan said she will move her research operations to an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees mountains, where she will study the effects of climate change on wildlife populations.

At Tuesday's summit, Macron will urge wealthy nations to increase climate financing and urge investors to turn their backs on polluters in a bid to accelerate efforts to combat global warming.

This money, he said, must be made to work "not only for profit but for the future of people and the planet", requiring a joint effort of governments and the private sector.

"This year's barrage of climate disasters showed that poor communities are often completely unprepared to deal with extreme weather".

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