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'Many G7 member countries polluting Earth'

Turkey’s environment and urbanization minister on Sunday said that urgent measures to reduce the amount of emission and carbon footprint were discussed at a meeting of environment ministers of G20 in Italy.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Murat Kurum said: “We are witnessing that many G7 member countries are polluting the Earth. We discussed the need for taking urgent steps to reduce the amount of emission and carbon footprint.”

He said that floods across the world have shown the negative effects of climate change that threaten the safety of life and property of citizens and infrastructure of cities.

“Now we are facing migrations due to climate change,” he added.

He said the location of the meeting of the environment ministers of G20 countries, which was held in Italy’s Naples city at the foot of the Vesuvius volcano, was meaningful.

Kurum said he also had a very productive meeting with the US President's Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, adding: “We discussed access to climate finance and injustice done to our country compared to other countries.”

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