French President Emmanuel Macron has promised to pay for the U.S. share of funding for the United Nations' Climate Panel.
Macron said France aimed to close down all coal-fired power plants by 2021 as part of action to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Macron, who will host a summit in Paris on Dec. 12 about climate finance, said France would make up for a shortfall in U.S. funding for the climate science research by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “They will not miss a single euro,” he said to applause. U.S. contributions to the IPCC budget have been about 2 million euros (£1.79 million) a year in recent years.