United Nations chief says climate deal 'absolutely essential'

Violet Powell
June 5, 2017

The official said, however, there may be "caveats in the language" that Mr Trump uses to announce the withdrawal - leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.

But other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favor staying in the treaty.

In a jibe at the US administration, Juncker told the audience at an event of the Confederation of German Employers in Berlin that "not everything that is written in worldwide agreements is fake news". "If we can, great". "We certainly will be at the table", she said, "playing a leadership role because we think it's the right thing to do and it makes economic sense".

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more unsafe levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America's pollution contributes so much to rising temperatures.

According to the Associated Press's findings, calculations show that up to 3 billion tonnes of extra carbon dioxide could be in the air within a year - enough to melt Arctic ice faster, raise sea levels, and trigger more severe weather.

Trump had vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming president, as part of an effort to bolster U.S. oil and coal industries.

The White House had previously indicated that Trump could simply recalibrate emissions targets. That means the US would remain in the agreement, at least formally, for another three-and-a-half years, ensuring the issue remains alive in the next presidential election.

The decision will put the United States in league with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the Paris Climate Agreement.

He is breaking from many of America's staunchest allies, who have expressed alarm about the decision. The United States committed to reducing its own by 26 to 28 percent, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025.

He also said that he would engage more with Governments and major actors, including the coal, oil and gas industries, to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, and committed stronger support by the entire United Nations development system to Governments as they strive to meet climate commitments and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially at the country level.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favor of the climate accord.

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The Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties in Paris in 2015 and it went into effect in November.

Almost 200 nations, including the United States under President Barack Obama's administration, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.

As a result of Trump's environmental policies, it has been clear that it would be impossible to honour the Obama Administration's Paris pledge.

"The big question is whether a US withdrawal would lead to USA investors and utilities actually starting to build new plants that commit to high future emissions", said Myles Allen, professor of geosystem science at the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute.

The president, however, argued the agreement had disadvantaged the U.S.

That's the conclusion of researchers and scientists evaluating the impact of Trump on the health of the climate.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, threatened to leave two White House advisory councils should President Trump pull the USA out of the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. He has spent his first months in office working to delay and roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling US coal mines.

The report added that Trump commented to close confidants about his stance in recent weeks, but a public letter sent to him a few days ago by 22 Republican senators, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, helped seal his decision. Seated in the front row were aides who had advocated for the withdrawal, including EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon. During Trump's speech, the faint sounds of protesters could be heard in the distance banging drums.

Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. A White House official said the couple instead attended service at synagogue for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Investors seemed pleased, with stock prices, already up for the day, bumping higher as he spoke.

Pulling out of the agreement outright would take three-and-a-half years under the standard cooling-off period for new worldwide treaties. Trump promised to stop implementation of the "non-binding" parts of the deal immediately.

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