Obama urges China, US to lead the way in fight against climate change
MILAN: The United States and China have to lead the way in the fight against climate change, former US president Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Speaking as the future of the landmark Paris climate accord hangs in the balance, he acknowledged differences with his successor Donald Trump but said the private sector also had a role to play.
"It's important that big countries that are big emitters like the US and China... lead the way," he told a conference in the Italian city of Milan, saying developing countries were watching them.
"The current administration has differences with my administration in terms of environmental policy," he said, referring to Trump.
"The good news is the private sector has already made a determination that the future is clean energy. Those things are locked in now, into the energy sector."
"Because of the debates taking place in the current administration the steps may be taken more slowly than they would have been done, but I'm confident," he added. (APP)