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US backers of Paris accord set up camp at climate talks

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By the Associated Press

Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming.

Ashley Allen, Climate and Land Senior Manager at Mars Incorporated, second from right, speaks at the launch of the U.S. Climate Action Center in Katowice, Poland, on Friday, Dec 7, 2018. Others on the podium are, from left, William Somplatsky-Jarman, Presbyterian Church, Patrick Hamilton, Minnesota Science Museum, and Bishop Marc Andrus, Episcopal Church. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)

Ashley Allen, Climate and Land Senior Manager at Mars Incorporated, second from right, speaks at the launch of the U.S. Climate Action Center in Katowice, Poland, on Friday, Dec 7, 2018. Others on the podium are, from left, William Somplatsky-Jarman, Presbyterian Church, Patrick Hamilton, Minnesota Science Museum, and Bishop Marc Andrus, Episcopal Church. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans)

The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation.

The administration of President Donald Trump, who has announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, is holed up in a cubicle away from the main concourse. It currently has one public event planned Monday promoting U.S. technological innovations.

The Climate Action Center is backed by a grouping called We Are Still In that wants to maintain the 2015 Paris agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).

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