Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

Germany's Merkel dodges coal deadline at climate talks

Other members include France, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and Austria.

More than 25 countries and U.S. states are already on board, working with this alliance to phase out coal.

Canada and Britain have formed an alliance aimed at encouraging countries to phase out coal as part of efforts to curb climate change.

But some of the world's biggest coal users, such as China, India, the United States, Germany and Russian Federation, have not joined. "Around the world, air pollution from coal contributes to almost a million deaths a year and billions of dollars in economic costs".

"Air pollution from coal has bad consequences for health", she adds.

The pace of Germany's exit from coal power has dominated talks in Berlin this week on forming a new German government. A couple of USA states signed up as well, rebuking President Donald Trump, who pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement earlier this year.

Yesterday, a White House delegation hosted a controversial event on the sidelines of the United Nations climate conference, promoting "cleaner" fossil fuel use to the chagrin of green energy campaigners and fellow negotiators.

The event triggered a peaceful protest by anti-coal demonstrators and jarred with many ministers who are working on a rule book for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to move the world economy off fossil fuels.

Syria has officially signed up to the Paris Agreement, the UN said, leaving the United States as the only country to reject the global climate-rescue pact.

Speaking in Manila on Tuesday at a summit of Southeast Asian countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called coal the "dirtiest of all fossil fuels" and that reducing its use is one of the greatest challenges to meeting climate change targets.

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