At the final day of the G7 Summit in Bavaria, Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged her fellow G7 nations to commit to tough climate goals. Ahead of a larger U.N. climate meeting in Paris at the end of this year, Merkel — once dubbed the “climate chancellor” — is hoping to get the other Group of Seven nations to agree to specific emission goals to cut greenhouse gases. She has the strong support of French president Francois Hollande, who is also looking for an ambitious G7 commitment to end their dependence on fossil fuels by midcentury, and wants a financial commitment to help poorer countries transform energy sectors so they can reduce carbon emissions. Climate change was at the top of the G7 agenda Monday, but the world’s seven most powerful industrial nations also discussed combating epidemics and other health issues, the fight against terrorism from Boko Haram to Islamic State, and African development.
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