The Group of 20 summit in Hamburg is over. But what will remain, beyond bitter memories of shameful rioting? There was a remarkable show of unity on trade, Africa, women's empowerment and many other issues. But the G20 was not united on climate change. The U.S. refused to sign a declaration re-confirming the commitment of the other 19 countries that they will continue to support the Paris agreement. Yet, the U.S. did announce a desire to "lower emissions" while supporting energy security and helping other countries to "use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently."
G20 climate commitments need to be turned into action
Members can still cooperate on sustainable energy technologies despite US bowing out