Trump dismisses climate 'prophets of doom' at Davos as Greta looks on

Climate protest march to Davos begins

Climate protest march to Davos begins

"People are more aware now. climate and environment are a hot topic now".

Trump's announcement, however, was "only an ambiguous commitment" that was "a mild attempt to excuse or offset business as usual" for USA climate policy, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy David Livingston said.

"The world is in a state of emergency, and the window to act is closing", he said.

"We're committed to conserving the majesty of God's creation and the natural beauty of our world", the president said.

At a panel in the Swiss ski resort, climate campaigners expressed hope their generation could work with those in power to bring about the change needed to limit global warming even as Ms Thunberg - a vocal critic of leaders' inaction - said not enough has been done.

He was speaking hours before his impeachment trial gets under way in the US Senate.

"To every business looking for a place to succeed.there is no better place than the USA", he added.

He said: "Honestly, I think that the President's speech was a national embarrassment".

Once Trump leaves on Wednesday, the US delegation will be led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. This year and for the first time on record, environmental risks occupy the group's top five long-term concerns, while corporate executives say they're increasingly concerned about environmental issues.

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Late a year ago, the Trump administration began pulling the U.S. out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement signed by almost 200 nations.

Trump received some support from the International Monetary Fund, which predicted that global growth would hit 3.3 percent this year. That's up from 2.9 percent last year, the worst year for the world economy since the Great Recession from 2007 to 2009.

Meanwhile, in what might be the most apt metaphor for the relationship between politics and economics, the Nobel prize victor Joseph Stiglitz wrote fact checking leaflets disputing President Trump's economic claims, distributed on the floor of the Trump talk by his wife, the academic Anya Schiffrin.

Trump claims credit for overseeing an economy enjoying its longest-ever expansion, with an unemployment rate that fell to a five-decade low after tax cuts and spending increases.

"It's just a hoax".

Some of this bravado might have been an attempt to change the subject from the impeachment trial back in Washington DC.

The Democrat-controlled House impeached Trump last month for asking Ukraine to investigate a political rival in the 2020 race.

Trump, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, says he is innocent of the charges.

What to look out for: It will be the first time that Trump meets with the new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. More meetings are scheduled with Schwab and Sommaruga.

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