EU, China to reaffirm support for climate pact

Violet Tucker
June 3, 2017

Top officials from China and the European Union were set Friday to reaffirm their commitment to a landmark climate change agreement, a day after President Donald Trump said he was pulling the United States out of the Paris accord.

Beijing vowed Friday to uphold the Paris climate accord after the United States withdrew from the pact, saying it was a "responsibility shouldered by China as a responsible major country".

- President Trump announced the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, sticking with his campaign promise.

The populist U.S. president said he would seek to renegotiate the agreement, which sees 187 countries vow to keep the global average temperature "well below" 2°C above pre-industrial levels. "I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve USA interests".

"A true global leader would be condemning the President's actions, and joining with other European countries to formulate an emergency plan to save the Paris Agreement", she said.

"The years to 2020 will be crucial in determining if the worst effects of climate change can be avoided". "I guess it's not a surprise that he pulled out", Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday night. The Cambridge, Massaschusetts-based research university published a study in April 2016 titled "How much of a difference will the Paris Agreement make?" showing that if countries abided by their pledges in the deal, global warming would slow by between 0.6 degree and 1.1 degrees Celsius by 2100.

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Citing "onerous energy restrictions" placed on his country, the USA leader used a study by National Economic Research Associates, which claimed 27 million American jobs will be lost by 2025, to justify his decision.

"I call on them, come and work here with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment".

May's office says she spoke to President Donald Trump after his announcement and "expressed her disappointment with the decision". He said, "I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and for our planet".

Nicholas Ssenyonjo, the CEO of the Uganda Environment Education Foundation says the USA has been supporting Uganda combat the effects of climate change; something he says is now in jeopardy following Trump's action. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk wrote on Twitter today.

Signed onto by 195 countries including Uganda, the Paris climate accord unites countries around the world in the efforts to combat the challenge of climate change.

"The EU deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration", he said in a statement.

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