German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the G-7 countries would phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2100, The Guardian reports. U.S. News & World Report noted that leaders agreed to focus on the goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement comes as climate negotiators are also meeting in Bonn, Germany, to continue work toward an international climate agreement. The 2-degree target has already been stated in the course of those negotiations, but was reaffirmed in the G-7 meeting, which included the leaders of some of the world’s largest economies. The G-7 comprises the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. As the BBC notes, the G-7 agreement on fossil fuels is not legally binding, but does “send a clear message to investors that in the long term economies will have to be powered by non-polluting energy.” Advocates for climate action heralded the move.
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