Harper takes part in shortened G7 climate talks

Portion of the session on global security threats posed by Boko Haram.

0 June 8, 2015
by The Canadian Press

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany — Prime Minister Stephen Harper took part in the G7 leaders’ shortened talks on climate change today as their summit entered its second and final day.

Harper’s office says the G7 leaders chose to devote a portion of the climate session to a discussion of global security threats posed by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and the ongoing fight against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Harper’s office says the French-led climate talks focused on the collective response to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the advancement of energy security in the face of escalating threats.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made the fight against climate change a core part of her sweeping agenda.

Merkel wants the G7 summit to give France momentum when it hosts the United Nations climate change conference this December in which it hopes to reach a breakthrough agreement in the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Merkel is pushing the G7 to endorse a pledge to reach zero carbon emissions, but Canada and Japan are holdouts.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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