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Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN

20 Septembre 2017

A new report shows that federal inaction on climate change could be significantly mitigated by growing efforts on the part of us states, cities and businesses.

Since Trump became President, the battle over climate change has not only focused on the Paris Agreement but also on the more substantial part of the science of climate change and domestic actions and discourse.

"The president didn't have to pull out".

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up to the deal. After Trump signed an executive order in March meant to undo many of President Barack Obama's environmental regulations, they published another open letter. The 4 August, it was confirmed, by a notification addressed to secretariat-general of united Nations, of its intention to exercise this " right of withdrawal from Paris agreement ", but through use of a formulation confused, which wouldn't close door to a possible "re-engagement" of United States. But today, as with many government agencies, the State Department has dozens of vacancies, especially for ambassadorships, positions in the United Nations, and in its environmental offices.

As countries are preparing to meet in a few weeks in November at the upcoming 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) being held in Bonn, Germany, the USA has announced that even though they have already submitted the official letter of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, their departure does not come into effect for at least three years.

That was because the target wasn't set until Paris, Frame said. In addition, mayors will announce city-specific climate programs and policies and commit to working through existing organizations, such as Climate Mayors, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and ICLEI to develop partnerships with other cities.

The changes in the rating of the climate commitments of Australia and New Zealand can not be seen as them having actually improved, with both countries continuing to fall behind on climate action implementation.

"Even if our president turns a blind eye, we will act", de Blasio said.

Yesterday, Governor Brown welcomed the Republic of Marshall Islands and nine other US and worldwide states and jurisdictions to the Under2 Coalition, which now includes 187 jurisdictions on six continents that collectively represent more than 1.2 billion people and $28.8 trillion GDP - equivalent to over 16 percent of the global population and 39 percent of the global economy.

Pledges made under the Paris Agreement would have to be strengthened in a few years' time - and delivered on them.

They would have to include more investment in low carbon technology, increasing pricing on carbon and penalties for high emissions. Globally, cities account for more than half of the world's population, and are the source of 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions; thus, the energy efficiency of buildings in New York City, or a fleet of electric municipal vehicles in Los Angeles, can have a climate impact that reaches far beyond a city's limits. Nor will USA businesses be able to reap the economic benefits of the shift to a green economy. Without an official seat at the table, it will be hard for cities and states to steer certain parts of the agreement - such as mechanisms for reporting emissions reductions, or funding for climate migitagion projects - one way or another. Its findings are in keeping with a February report from ratings agency Moody's that asserted future shifts in US climate policy - such as those taking place under the Trump administration - would not stall global emissions reduction efforts.

However, numerous national commitments in the agreement are non-binding, including the targets for emission reductions and the amount each developed country should contribute to developing countries.

NRDC's Schmidt couldn't see how the Trump administration plans on undertaking such a herculean effort, when it's not even clear what the president will do next, and all his underlings give conflicting messages.

The biggest supporter of the Paris Agreement, however, comes from one of Trump's top advisers: Gary Cohn.

Theresa May speaks out against Trump climate change stance at UN