Political leaders urge Donald Trump not to back out of climate change agreement

 
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US President Donald Trump is expected to pull America out of the Paris climate change agreement today, and politicians from around the world are unlikely to react well.

Nearly 200 countries agreed the Paris climate deal in 2015, but now it seems the world's largest economy is going to back out.

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Europe's politicians attacked Trump on Twitter over his lack of commitment to climate change. Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt tweeted:

And, this morning, European Council president Donald Tusk made his feelings clear:

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said protecting the environment is key, adding failing to guard against global warming would be "morally criminal".

Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, Modi said: "We do not have the right to despoil the environment for future generations."

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Merkel has herself come to the conclusion she can no longer work with old global allies such as America. She said Germany and its continental allies "really must take our fate into our own hands".

"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days," she said.

And China's premier said today that climate change was an "international responsibility", and that fighting it required a "global consensus".

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