Trump wants to leave the Paris agreement. That would be a huge mistake.

Posted In Climate Change, News
May
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Trump is getting closer to exiting the Paris climate agreement.

According to reports, the Trump administration is expected to announce a decision as early as next week to possibly withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement.

…But, even if Trump announces his intention to withdraw, the lengthy divorce process and other stipulations in the deal mean that the U.S. would remain in the pact at least until November 2020 — around the same date as the next U.S. presidential election…

Read Full Article; The Washington Post (05-03-2017)

US to Attend UN Climate Summit as It Considers Paris Pullout; The New York Times (05-05-2017)
The decision to participate in next week’s U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, shouldn’t be construed as a sign that Trump has decided to stay in the global pact, known as the Paris agreement, a State Department official said. To the contrary, the U.S. will be sending a “much smaller” delegation than it has in years past, the official added.
Even if Trump announces his intention to withdraw, the lengthy divorce process and other stipulations in the deal mean that the U.S. would remain in the pact at least until November 2020 — around the same date as the next U.S. presidential election.

American Business Overwhelmingly Supports Paris Agreement; NRDC (05-05-2017)
According to reports, the Trump administration is expected to announce a decision as early as next week to possibly withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement…Yet an overwhelming majority of businesses support U.S. participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. In fact, at least 1,106 businesses are publicly on record supporting the Paris Climate Agreement. Contrast this to the one coal company and one manufacturing association that oppose U.S. participation in the Paris agreement, and the side with the better business case is abundantly clear…

People Around the World March for Climate Action and Paris; NRDC (05-01-2017)
When the People’s Climate March reconvened to mark the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, the voices around the world weren’t telling leaders to agree to more climate ambition. Instead, the 200,000+ in Washington and hundreds of thousands more in cities around the world were reminding leaders that they want more climate action. They were telling leaders that they weren’t going to let politicians get in the way of a better future for our children and grandchildren…

John Kerry: We will fight to keep US in the Paris climate deal; Guardian UK (11-16-2016)

Climate Progress, With or Without Trump; The New York Times (03-31-2017)
Trump’s unfortunate and misguided rollback of environmental protections has led to a depressing and widespread belief that the United States can no longer meet its commitment under the Paris climate change agreement. But here’s the good news: It’s wrong…

Paris Climate Change Deal Becomes International Law; ABC News (11-04-2016)
The Paris Agreement to combat climate change became international law on Friday November 4, 2016 — a landmark deal about tackling global warming amid growing fears that the world is becoming hotter even faster than scientists expected…

Up to 155 Countries Set to Sign Paris Agreement New York, 22 April 2016; UNFCCC

Paris climate deal: key points at a glance, Guardian UK (12-12-2015)
Governments have agreed to limit warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels: something that would have seemed unthinkable just a few months ago. The goal of 1.5C is a big leap below the 2C agreed six years ago in Copenhagen. Here’s what the agreement means for global emissions and the future of the planet…

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces, Guardian UK (02-12-2017)
For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces…

The great climate silence: we are on the edge of the abyss but we ignore it, Guardian UK (05-04-2017)
Our best scientists tell us insistently that a calamity is unfolding, that the life-support systems of the Earth are being damaged in ways that threaten our survival. Yet in the face of these facts we carry on as usual. So today the greatest tragedy is the absence of a sense of the tragedy…

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