Former US Secretary of State Kerry launches group to tackle climate ‘like a war’

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Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he had formed a cross-party, celebrity-studded coalition to take on the cause of climate change and confront it “like a war.”

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The initiatives launch coincides with the opening Monday of the COP25 international climate talks in Madrid, where the US administration of Donald Trump will be represented only by a low-level delegation.

Trump has begun the process of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement signed by nearly every other country, calling global warming a “hoax.”

In contrast, Kerry told NBCs “Meet the Press” that climate change poses “an international security issue” requiring the equivalent of a wartime mobilization.

Kerry said his new group World War Zero included admirals and generals as well as celebrities including actor Leonardo DiCaprio and rock legend Sting.

Kerry, a Democrat, appeared Sunday with another member, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor and Republican former governor of California.

Without specifically referring to Trump or the COP25 talks, Kerry said that “no country is getting the job done.”

“Things are getting worse, not better. So we have our unlikely allies coming together here… to treat this like a war.”

Carbon emissions growing

The United Nations warned last week that barring an immediate, dramatic decline in fossil fuel emissions, the world will be unable to avert climate disaster.

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