French President Awards US Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants

Elias Hubbard
December 16, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

Dubbed the "One Planet Summit" and co-hosted by the United Nations and the World Bank, the meeting will bring together more than 50 world leaders seeking to re-energize the Paris accords. "They'll be burning in France, burning all around the world" if countries don't reduce their emissions.

The US is the only country to reject the agreement.

"President Buhari had before the summit, attended a luncheon hosted by his French counterpart in honour of visiting Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace".

A group of 225 investment funds managing more than $26 trillion in assets promised to pressure companies to curb their greenhouse gas emissions and to disclose climate-related financial information.

Bill Gates, Richard Branson and other energy executives and investment fund leaders announced a dozen global projects emerging from the summit that will inject money into efforts to curb climate change.

"We put together a plateform called Invest for Climate that is a way to bring development finance, local, national finance, public sources and private finance", she says.

Developing nations say the rich are lagging with a commitment dating back to 2009 to provide US$100 billion a year by 2020 - from public and private sources alike - to help them switch from fossil fuels to greener energy sources and adapt to the effects of climate change.

French President Awards US Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants
French President Awards US Scientists With 'Make Our Planet Great Again' Grants

"And that has been very helpful", former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference in Paris, when TIME asked whether the US withdrawal from the climate agreement would damage efforts to reduce global carbon emissions. Add Climate Change as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Climate Change news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Trump's decision to withdraw was a "deep wake-up call for the private sector" to take action, he said.

Some 3,100 security personnel are fanned out around Paris for Tuesday's event, including extra patrol boats along the Seine River. Macron announced a competition for the projects in June, hours after Trump declared he would withdraw the USA from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions.

On Monday, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron announced that the government will award multi-year grants to several US -based scientists to relocate France.

The targeted brain drain is a dramatic gesture in and of itself, but the French couldn't resist throwing in another wicked jab by unofficially branding the grant competition, "Make Our Planet Great Again", a play on Trump's promise to make America great again.

Eighteen climate scientists from the US and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term.

In the Dutch city of The Hague, experts launched a plan Tuesday aimed at addressing threats created by water and food shortages.

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