>> In Brussels, the world's biggest polluter, China, and the European Union, pledging on Friday to save what German Chancellor Angela Merkel calls, our mother earth, amid a mix of dismay and anger across the world at US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Climate deal. Both sides on Friday committing to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing green technology, and raising climate finance for those who need it.
Reuters environment correspondent, Alister Doyle, says nations, rich and poor, still believe in the accord.>> So far there's been an amazing pulling together of countries to save and to re-affirm commitment to the Paris Agreement. There's people saying it's in our economic interests. It will be a better economy.
It will be a more prosperous economy.>> Trump's decision will make it harder for poorer nations to meet their climate commitments, but they say they're determined to push ahead and meet their goals.>>
> They agreed to the 2015 deal on the promise of financial help from richer nations.
$100 billion a year from 2020 is meant to help them climate proof their economies by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions, and adapting to more heatwaves, floods, storms, and rising seas. Washington's withdrawal of climate finance could weaken resolve.>> Russia, for instance, or Saudi Arabia, OPEC countries which are dependent upon oil exports, may turn around and start saying, well, why should we act, when the world's biggest economy has pulled out of this agreement?
It may dampen their willingness to push ahead with deep cuts in carbon emissions.>> Less finance could also dim US influence. Washington's unwillingness to fund fighting global warming making some nations reluctant to cooperate with its demands on defense, security, or trade.