The United States must fix relations with China to combat climate change - Michael Bloomberg

* Presidential candidate Bloomberg appears at the UN summit * Trump has begun the process of abandoning the climate agreement * Opponents want to revive the US climate role. UU. By Valerie Volcovici MADRID, Dec. 10 (Reuters) - A future US government will have to rebuild relations with China to revive international efforts to combat climate change, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, running for president, said on Tuesday. . Bloomberg spoke at a UN climate conference in Madrid, where environmental ministers are dealing with pending problems in the implementation of the Paris Agreement 2015, which aims to prevent catastrophic global warming. The billionaire, who launched his Democratic presidential candidacy last month, has funded a delegation of US states, cities and companies committed to honoring the Paris agreement despite President Donald Trump's measures to begin withdrawing. A diplomatic association between the USA UU. And China, the two largest emitters in the world, was instrumental in laying the foundations for the Paris agreement under the administration of former US President Barack Obama. Relations between Washington and Beijing have been strained by a prolonged commercial dispute. It will never solve the problem unless it has China in the solution, Bloomberg told reporters, who resigned as UN special envoy for climate change last month. Coalition members We are still in, a group of US states and cities. UU. Still committed to the Paris objectives, they are on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% below 2005 levels by 2030, in line with the Obama administration's Paris goal, according to a report published on Tuesday. However, former United States Secretary of State John Kerry, who served under Obama and was a leading player in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement, said the absence of leadership from the United States is undermining global climate action. We are at a critical stage in terms of being behind (our goals) and the absence of US leadership is a component, Kerry told Reuters in the talks. The burden falls mainly on the G20 to behave as adults, as should the great nations. Negotiators worked late Monday night to decipher the rules that guide the use of carbon trading markets to achieve Paris emission reduction targets, a main focus this week. Environmental groups say the slow pace of the talks does not reflect the anger of youth climate activists who have mobilized for millions this year to demand urgent action. The gap (between external pressure and internal negotiations) is greater than I've seen and it just makes my heart bleed, Jennifer Morgan, director of Greenpeace International, told Reuters. (Report by Valerie Volcovici; additional report by Catarina Demony and Isla Binnie, Edition by Matthew Green, William Maclean and Giles Elgood) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)