Environmentalists demonstrate against fossil fuels such as coal prior to another session of the UN conference on climate change (COP23) on November 15, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. / AFP / Patrik STOLLARZ
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The leaders of France and Germany will lead a diplomatic charge Wednesday to reinvigorate UN climate talks clouded by Washington's rejection of a planet rescue plan backed by the rest of the world.The United States, which championed the Paris Agreement under former president Barack Obama, ratified it just two months before Donald Trump -- who has described climate change as a "hoax" -- was voted into office.In June, the new president announced America would pull out of the pact.This week, Syria became the 196th country to formally adopt the hard-fought agreement, leaving the United States as the only nation in the UN climate convention to reject it.Along with UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will seek to inject political impetus into the talks when they kick off the "high-level segment" -- a day-and-a-half of back-to-back speeches.
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