New York Mayor to Uphold Paris Agreement on Global Climate Effort

New York Mayor to Uphold Paris Agreement on Global Climate Effort

New York Mayor to Uphold Paris Agreement on Global Climate Effort

President Donald Trump looks set to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement, the world's first comprehensive treaty on climate change.

Sydney University environmental politics professor David Schlosberg said other major countries, China and India, would likely pick up the slack, leaving the US politically isolated.

While not mentioning the name, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters that climate change is a "global challenge" that no country can ignore.

No matter what the US does, the Paris agreement remains in effect.

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Trump had refused to endorse the landmark climate change accord at a G7 summit in Sicily last week, saying he needed more time to decide.

But they also say that even with the US doing its share, preventing that warming is going to be unlikely and will require even more cuts than contained in the Paris agreement.

He said it would take at least three to four years for any country to leave the agreement.

Syria and Nicaragua have already rejected the climate accord.

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A wide chorus of voices are calling for Trump to recommit to the Paris agreement: Other world leaders and hundreds of scientists, of course, but also CEOs of major energy companies and other big US corporations.

Significantly, China which has been facing choked cities for over a decade has come out in support of the Paris Agreement and so is India though it is not willing to accede immediately to strict pollution control measures but comply them in a phased manner as a developing nation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the White House on Tuesday to urge Trump to remain in the deal, according to Bloomberg.

Obama had made efforts during his administration to reduce US emissions in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change.

"A USA withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the US and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.

Martin Schulz, a former European Parliament president who is hoping to unseat Merkel in Germany's upcoming general election, said he hoped Trump would think better of withdrawing from the accord.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says fighting climate change is a "global consensus" and an "international responsibility". Trump has abandoned the standard of American leadership, turned his back on the what the public and the market demand, and shamelessly disregarded the safety of our families just to let the fossil fuel industry eek out a few more dollars in profits.

Under Obama, the United States had pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Beijing, however, has reaffirmed its commitment to meeting its targets under the Paris accord, recently canceling construction of about 100 coal-fired power plants and investing billions in massive wind and solar projects.

A decision to drop out would put the odds with almost every other nation on Earth. Pruitt and Bannon led the charge against the deal, while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, top advisers Gary Cohn and Jared Kushner and first daughter Ivanka Trump, who is married to Kushner, supported staying in the accord. The U.S., he said, is "well positioned to compete" with the agreement in place and staying in means "a seat at the negotiating table to ensure a level playing field".

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