G7 Environment ministers gather in Italy

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 09:58 GMT, Jun 11, 2017 |

Environment ministers from the G7 group of industrialised nations on Sunday (June 11) gathered in the Italian city of Bologna for a two-day meeting.

Discussions will inevitably involve the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the landmark Paris agreement with 195 countries to globally reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Republican President, who had previously called climate change a “hoax” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, said he thought the pact would harm the U.S. economy without providing a tangible benefit.

The decision drew anger and condemnation from world leaders and business chiefs, many of them worried a U.S. exit would put the planet at risk and leave the United States behind in a global shift away from fossil fuels.

Although the formal process to withdraw from the Paris accord takes four years, Trump said the United States will not honour the pledge the Obama administration submitted, known as the nationally determined contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025.