Pope Francis denounced any person who denies global warming and pressed negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such "laborious approaches" and rather accelerate efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions.
A message was issued by Francis Thursday to the Bonn meeting, which will be working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping emissions.
In the message, Francis predicted climate change "among the most worrisome phenomena which humanity is facing," and urged negotiators to ignore exceptional interests and political or economic pressures and rather engage in a frank dialogue concerning the future of Earth.
He denounced that such efforts are often frustrated by those who are indifferent to it, deny climate change, or think it can be solved by solutions.
Also, the top American representative in the talks told other delegates the United States remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas despite the fact that the Trump administration intends to pull out of the Paris accord.
Britain and Canada announced a new alliance aimed at encouraging countries to phase out using coal to curb climate change. Amongst Others, the Global Alliance to Power Past Coal also includes Finland, France, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and several U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
In closing remarks to the conference, the U.S. State Department's Judith Garber said: "we stay open to the chance of rejoining (the Paris climate arrangement) at a later date under provisions more beneficial to the American individuals."
Despite U.S. doubt over the Paris accord, "that the United States will continue to be a leader in clean energy and invention, and we understand the need for altering electricity systems," said Garber, the acting assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.
"We stay collectively dedicated to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through, among other things, higher innovation on sustainable energy and energy efficiency, and working towards low greenhouse gas emissions energy systems," she said.
The discussions are expected to finish Friday.
While power channels are considered among the biggest sources of carbon dioxide that is heating up the Earth's atmosphere, nations like Indonesia, Vietnam and the USA are likely to expand their usage of coal in the next several years. Even hosts of following and climate talks this season, Poland and Germany, are holding onto coal for the foreseeable future.
Garber did not mention the use of coal, but said as countries strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, every "will need to determine the right energy mix based on its particular circumstances, taking into account the need for energy security, promotion of economic growth and environmental security."
"Within that context, we want to encourage the cleanest, most efficient energy generation, regardless of source," she added.
In a private initiative, Thursday announced, Storebrand, an investment fund that manages assets worth over $80 billion, said it would pull investments from 10 companies over their involvement in the coal sector.
Chief executive, Jan Erik Saugestad, stated the decision is meant as a warning to utility companies to "clean up" their electricity sources "or lose clients and investors."
The services affected include German energy company RWE, Poland's PGE and Eskom Holdings of South Africa.
Storebrand said it expects the larger Norwegian Sovereign property fund, which holds $1 trillion generated from the country's sale of petroleum, will follow its own divestment decision.