White House climate change meeting postponed

Big investors urge Trump to stick with Paris climate accord

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron has told his United States counterpart Donald Trump in a telephone call he will defend a climate change deal agreed in Paris in 2015, his spokeswoman says.

Trump is expected to make a decision soon, and news reports suggest the president will make good on his campaign pledge to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

This story will be updated.

"We must stay in Paris, we must pass on a healthy economy and a healthy environment to our children", Lubber said.

Final results from the French presidential election showed he received 10 million more votes than his far-right rival.

Global diplomats will meet in Bonn, Germany on Monday to hold United Nations Climate talks as U.S. officials are set to meet in Washington on Tuesday to address whether to pull out of the Paris global emissions-cutting deal.

Meanwhile, at a summit in Milan, Italy, focused on climate change and food availability, President Barack Obama defended the Paris agreement earlier Tuesday, saying the USA must show leadership and not "sit on the sidelines".

"It would be hard, crazy, to go against public opinion, against the domestic will, and the will of the global community", Mezouar said in Bonn.

A State Department official told AFP: "We are focused on ensuring that decisions are not taken at these meetings that would prejudice our future policy, undermine the competitiveness of USA businesses, or hamper our broader objective of advancing USA economic growth and prosperity".

But many delegates say the accord is vague enough to let nations scale back ambitions if needed, perhaps because of future economic recessions or natural disasters.

"Having been intensely involved in such negotiations for a long time, there can be no doubt that Paris is utterly nonbinding, and therefore, each country is free to adjust their pledges in accordance with their own national circumstances", said James Connaughton, who headed up the White House Council on Environmental Quality under President George W. Bush.

Under the shadow of a possible U.S. pullout from the 2015 Paris climate accord, envoys are meeting in Germany on implementing the details of the deal.

We believe the USA economic growth trajectory will only improve with Paris Agreement engagement to keep us in the regular engagement framework and implementation discussions.

As the possibility looms that our current administration may retreat from the commitment that the United States made to the Paris Agreement, USGBC lends its voice to the array of private and public sector leaders who publicly ask the administration to remain in this global agreement.

Some fear a US U-turn would dampen enthusiasm among other signatories for more efforts on emissions-cutting targets. The deal seeks to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, which are blamed for global warming.

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