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02 Juin 2017

"It's more important than ever that we take action". "I call on them: Come and work here with us - to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment".

Trump took a very different view of the 2015 agreement, stating that it was "another example of Washington entering an agreement that disadvantages the U.S.", according to the Independent.

"While the USA decision is disheartening, we remain inspired by the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies".

Ms Robinson said the agreement was not something that could be renegotiated in the interests of one country. And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. "If not, that's fine".

The president used declining coal industry jobs as an example of his concern that the climate pledge was hurting US workers. "There is no way".

Indeed, UN climate officials have admitted global wealth redistribution is a key objective of the Paris treaty.

She added: "That is why the rest of the world remains firmly committed to the Paris Agreement, and our own commitment to it - and that of our wider Pacific family - will never waiver".

"Actually, I would call it a vacuous political melodrama", says Christiana Figueres, the former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, who led the original negotiations of the Paris agreement.

In his video message, Mr Macron said he had spoken by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and would be speaking soon with other partners to discuss new initiatives.

After the decision was announced, tech giants including Amazon (AMZN) and Facebook FB said they continue to support the global treaty and emphasized the importance of fighting climate change.

Business leaders also strongly rebuked President Trump's decision.

Scientists have warned failure to curb risky climate change will lead to sea level rises, more intense storms and flooding, more extreme droughts, water shortages and heatwaves as well as massive loss of wildlife and reduction in crop yields, potentially sparking conflict and mass migration.

"After years of policies that put America second, we now have an administration and president focused on making America competitive again", Jenkins said.

"Climate change is already harming the health of people in the United States and worldwide through degraded air quality, heat waves, droughts, extreme storms, disease outbreaks, and more".

"At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants", he said.

"President Trump's speech was confused nonsense", said Bob Ward from the UK's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change.

Mr Ward continued: "That means the United States can not complete withdrawal from the Paris Agreement before 5 November 2020, the day after the next Presidential election in the United States".

"China will continue to uphold its commitments to the Paris climate agreement", Li said, confirming a position his country agreed to alongside the United States in 2014, in what proved to be a watershed moment for the ultimate passage of the landmark accord the following year.

As CNN reports, Barack Obama played an integral role in the drafting of the Paris climate agreement, and when it was inked in 2015, 195 nations signed on to the global effort to curb man-made global warming. Nevertheless, the accord commits the world's governments to leave behind oil, gas, and coal by mid-century-a historic shift.

Today, only China produces more emissions each year than the United States, and the USA still emits far more greenhouse gases for every one of its citizens. trolls Trump's climate decision