November 15, 2017 / 4:02 PM / a year ago

France urges climate action to offset U.S. pullout

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron urged all countries to accelerate a shift to cleaner energies on Wednesday to combat climate change and help make up for the impact of the United States pulling out of a global pact.

France will help to make up for a shortfall in funding for climate science research left by the United States, and will phase out all coal-fired power plants by 2021, Macron told a 200-nation climate change meeting in Bonn, Germany.

Reporting by Nina Chestney, Alister Doyle and Dmitry Zhdannikov; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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