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The Latest: Kerry calls Paris accord withdrawal a 'tragedy'

BOSTON (AP) - The Latest on mayors summit in Boston on climate change (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is calling the decision by President Donald Trump to pull out of the Paris climate accord a "tragedy" but said states and private sector leaders are trying to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gases anyway.

The Democratic former senator from Massachusetts helped negotiate the accord. He said Trump misled the public by suggesting it allowed other nations to place a burden on the United States when the country only agreed to do what it could without hurting its economy.

Kerry made the comments during a daylong climate change summit Thursday in Boston.

During the event, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he's working with other mayors to lower the cost of renewable energy by asking developers for price estimates to meet collective energy demand.

9:23 a.m.

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is one of the featured speakers at an international summit on climate change set for Boston.

Mayors and top municipal officials from across the globe are planning to participate in the gathering Thursday hosted by Democratic Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.

The gathering is being billed as a chance for city executives and other leaders to share ideas on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the challenges posed by climate change.

The event will feature remarks from Kerry and former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy - both of whom served under President Barack Obama.

The summit comes about a year after President Donald Trump's administration announced plans to pull out of the Kerry-negotiated Paris climate agreement.

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