Published: Mon, June 05, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Donald Trump's withdrawal of USA from Paris climate agreement widely panned

An MIT scientist has accused US President Donald Trump of manipulation and misuse of an MIT study he co-authored to justify the decision of pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the first global climate pact with worldwide representation under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The US will now join only two other nations on the planet - Syria and Nicaragua - which are not part of the Paris Climate Agreement. "Just the opposite - we are forging ahead", Bloomberg said in a statement.

Under the Paris accord, the USA sent some $1 billion to the Green Climate Fund that's guided by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change - the body that coordinates worldwide climate policy. The former mayor said the money will come from Bloomberg Philanthropies "in partnership with others" and is meant to replace what the program could lose because of Trump's intention to back out of the deal.

"The withdrawal of the United States of America from the Paris accord indicates the irresponsibility of this country's government vis-à-vis the global community", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

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"Because we see it here in this state, and it is real, and I think we've got an obligation to help address it", she said while speaking to reporters after a meeting with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

In Durham, Mayor Bill Bell several years ago signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors' climate-protection agreement.

Trump said the deal was "very unfair" to the United States and would impact the job market.

"In Alaska, we are clearly seeing the effects of a changing climate", he said.

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He added: "Now, more than ever, we must be determined to solve climate change, and to challenge those leaders who do not believe in scientific facts or empirical truths".

"If the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we'll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks", said the letter.

Speaking to European business leaders alongside Li, Juncker said EU-China ties are underpinned by "a rules-based worldwide system". The goal is to cap global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The announcement follows Trump's decision to pull out of the climate deal that almost 200 nations agreed to in late 2015.

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To take advantage of the opportunities, and to do the right thing for our future, everyday people need to keep the pressure up to make sure the next prime minister, and all heads of state, show a united front for the Paris Agreement.

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