In this file photo taken on January 8, 2014 a pile of recyclable waste is viewed inside the SIMS Metal Management center in Brooklyn New York. (AFP / Don EMMERT)
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Pacific island nations declared climate change to be their "single greatest threat", urging Washington to return to the Paris Agreement on climate, just as Western powers seek to check China's rising influence in the region.Australia, which has backed away from its own commitment to Paris without exiting the pact, was among the 18 nations of the Pacific Islands Forum that made the call at a meeting of leaders on the tiny island state of Nauru.U.S. President Donald Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, saying it favored other countries and put the United States at a disadvantage.Climate change is domestic political dynamite in Australia, one of the world's largest coal exporters, which has also sought to push back against China's influence in the Pacific.
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