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G20 climate commitments need to be turned into action

Members can still cooperate on sustainable energy technologies despite US bowing out

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A coal-burning power plant and a factory belch smoke in Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.   © Reuters

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."

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