US will miss Paris climate pact target by a third

US President Donald Trump’s decided to scrap his predecessor’s climate policies and promote the use of fossil fuels. (File/AFP)
Updated 12 September 2018
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US will miss Paris climate pact target by a third

  • US President Donald Trump’s decided to scrap his predecessor’s climate policies and promote the use of fossil fuels
  • The “Fulfilling America’s Pledge” report kicks off the three-day Global Climate Action Summit

SAN FRANCISCO: The United States will fall short by a third on its commitment under the Paris climate treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Wednesday in San Francisco.
A crescendo of efforts at the sub-national level by states, cities and business to shrink the country’s carbon footprint will not fully compensate for President Donald Trump’s decision to scrap his predecessor’s climate policies and promote the use of fossil fuels, it found.
Financed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, the “Fulfilling America’s Pledge” report kicks off the three-day Global Climate Action Summit, a gathering of several thousand governors, mayors, business leaders and climate activists from around the world.


German Catholic Church apologizes over child sex abuse

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German Catholic Church apologizes over child sex abuse

FULDA, Germany: Germany’s Catholic Church on Tuesday apologized to victims of decades of sex abuse by clergy, with the institution’s top cardinal saying perpetrators must be brought to justice.
“I have to say very clearly that sexual abuse is a crime. Those who are guilty must be punished,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx, adding that “for all the failures and for all the pain, as chairman of Germany’s Bishops Conference, I apologize.”