US delegation to climate talks gets new leader

BONN, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the global climate talks taking place in Germany (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

The U.S. State Department says its third-ranking diplomat will no longer lead the American delegation to climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, this week. A lower-level official will take his place.

The State Department says Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will not be able to attend due to a family emergency. In his place, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will lead the delegation.

The department said Tuesday that the Trump administration still plans to withdraw from an international agreement to curb global warning unless charges are made to the Paris climate accord.

The announcement came a day after protesters disrupted a U.S.-hosted event in Bonn that promoted fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

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7:30 p.m.

The president of the low-lying Marshall Islands is urging German Chancellor Angela Merkel to end her country’s use of coal.

Germany gets about 40 percent of its electricity from coal, a major obstacle to meeting the country’s goal for curbing planet-heating emissions of carbon dioxide.

Merkel will speak Wednesday at international climate talks in Bonn, Germany, and environmental campaigners hope she’ll announce a deadline for phasing out coal by 2030.

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine said Tuesday such an announcement “would be a signal of hope for my country and for every vulnerable country around the world.”

Scientists say the Pacific nation is only about two meters (6 1/2 feet) above sea level and may disappear beneath the waves unless global warming remains well below 2 degrees Celsius.

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6 p.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is going to fly across Germany on Wednesday to attend the global climate conference, a decision that runs counter to the event’s emphasis on sustainable transportation.

The German government’s own website for the talks in Bonn…

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