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Asia-Pacific propelling climate charge at 'One Planet' Summit

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By Andrew Hammond

French President Emmanuel Macron co-hosts the "One Planet" Summit at the U.N. in New York, Sunday. The landmark event, which will see both government and private sector leaders in attendance, is intended to give a jolt of optimism at a time when there is growing pessimism about the battle to tackle climate change.

There is not just the ongoing tragedy of increased deforestation in the Amazon. In addition, more and more data is alarming climate scientists such as professor Sir David King who asserted Monday that extreme events linked to global warming are occurring sooner than forecast and that resulting weather phenomenon are "scary."

Sunday's summit ― which is co-hosted by Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, President of the World Bank Group Jim Yong Kim; and U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg ― comes around the fourth anniversary of the landmark agreement of the 2015 Paris climate change treaty.

Much attention since then has focused on backlash to Paris by populist leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, but they are clearly fighting a rear guard battle, albeit one which has the potential to significantly retard efforts to tackle global warming.

One manifestation of the reality on-the-ground of changing attitudes about climate change is the growth of domestic........

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