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The Latest: Kerry: Not fighting climate change is a betrayal

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

    US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers an address at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. Kerry made a stirring appeal Wednesday to all countries — including his own — to press ahead with the fight against climate change, saying a failure to do so would be a "betrayal of devastating consequences." (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Delegates arrive for a Major Economies Forum meeting at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. (Mark Ralston, Pool Photo via AP)

    Delegates arrive for a Major Economies Forum meeting at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016. (Mark Ralston, Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on U.N. climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco (all times local):

1:55 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says failing to fight climate change would be a "moral failure, a betrayal of devastating consequences."

With 2016 on track to be the hottest year on record, Kerry said the impacts of global warming are so evident that "at some point, even the strongest skeptic has to acknowledge that something disturbing is happening."

Kerry was speaking Wednesday at a U.N. climate conference in Marrakech. He also says that he doesn't think U.S. emissions reduction pledges "can or will be reversed" because of the market mechanisms in play.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has called global warming a "hoax."

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1:30 p.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says an "overwhelming majority" of Americans know that climate change is happening and want the U.S. to honor its commitments under the Paris climate agreement.

Speaking Wednesday at a U.N. climate conference in Marrakech, Kerry praised the Paris deal as a framework that is "built to last."

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has called global warming a "hoax" and pledged during the campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal aimed at fighting climate change.

Kerry, however, says he doesn't think U.S. emissions reduction pledges "can or will be reversed" because of the market mechanisms in play.