In shift, Trump says humans may be causing global warming

Delia Watkins
November 26, 2016

These are deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 12 nations from Asia Pacific, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the Paris Climate Treaty.

In recent years, various reports have revealed a growing or steady consensus among Americans across the aisle who believe that climate change is a problem they need to tackle. Numerous UN climate ministerials after Kyoto in 1997, coinciding with the economic emergence of China and India, have sought to question the developed-developing world divide. While campaigning, Donald has threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, the multinational agreement aimed to reduce climate change.

First, the Paris agreement has already come into force and global ambition is arguably stronger today than it was in 2001.

In the wake of the presidential election, there has been much speculation about whether the US will fulfill the pledges our nation made in Paris.

Some in Marrakech were hoping that if the U.S. does withdraw from the Paris deal, big states like California could still actually help meet at least some of the emissions cuts promised by the Obama administration. He had also threatened to withdraw all USA organizations and their funding set around the world to research on Global warming.

Among them - the job of Housing and Urban Development Secretary.a position Ben Carson says he's up for. With no worldwide climate policies at all, it is probable that we would see a temperature rise of perhaps 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. What specific policies President Trump will take on the issue remains to be seen, but the international community including Japan must not let any deviation in the USA position on the issue derail worldwide efforts to tackle climate change, and urge the incoming the US administration to stand by the nation's commitment to combat the global problem. As we outlined in September, a proposal to build an offshore wind farm near the location of the course prompted a years-long push by Trump to block their construction. Climate change is just some Chinese April Fools Day prank?

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The WCC executive committee "calls especially on rich industrialized countries to scale up support (including through technology transfer) and to fulfill the commitment to mobilize $100 billion per year for climate change mitigation and adaptation from 2020". "Having finally achieved it, the United States would serve no one's interests-least its own-by walking away".

"He's saying ... now that he has the weight of the presidency, he'll take a closer look", David Goldston, director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Bloomberg BNA.

It does seem that the Paris Agreement has unstoppable momentum.

However, despite the negative sentiment surrounding prospects for responsible investing following the U.S. election, some managers have so far dismissed Trump's comments and stated that longer term, the outlook for the sector remains positive. Rather, the U.S. has led the world in reducing emissions, despite Congress not passing a "single bill" that takes "direct aim" at climate change, according to Bloomberg. "That progress has been driven by cities, businesses, and citizens -- and none of them are letting up now, just the opposite".

"Although several countries have made welcome contributions to immediate finance needs, rich countries have been trying to wriggle out of their pledges to help poorer countries meet the costs of coping with impacts and greening their economies". More relevant is that the last 16 years have been among the 17 hottest on record globally, as confirmed by the World Meteorological Organisation.

"Without real finance, and drastic cuts in emissions from rich countries, the planet doesn't have a chance of staying under 1.5°C warming".

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