World media look to green future without US

  • World media look to green future without US

World media look to green future without US

This photo dated Thursday, June 1, 2017 shows the City Hall of Paris, France, illuminated in green following the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord and try to negotiate a new global deal on climate change.

It's either drastically reduce carbon emissions worldwide, as the Paris Agreement set out to do, or say goodbye to the planet as we've come to know it, says Prairie Rivers Network Executive Director CAROL HAYS.

But she faced fierce criticism for failing to add her name to the joint statement by President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

"Climate change requires a global approach".

In a phone call with the USA president shortly after his White House announcement, Mrs May expressed her "disappointment" at the move and stressed the United Kingdom remains committed to the landmark 2015 agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign the deal.

"While each nation must determine its own course on worldwide matters, the prospect of the effects of climate change are particularly significant for low-lying, coastal, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) such as The Bahamas, the very existence of which stands to be adversely impacted by climate change and global warming". "It's obvious that without the participation of the United States the Paris agreement will be unworkable because the United States is one of the biggest generator of emissions", he said.

Asked whether the administration expects new climate talks with other countries, the White House official told reporters there is "no question" that other countries - especially America's longtime allies - will want to discuss what's next on climate policy.

Trump's reasoning for pulling out rests on one demonstrably false premise - that climate change isn't happening - and one premise that is, at best, very questionable: that burning more fossil fuels would be better for growing GDP, employment and wages in the near and medium term.

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Protesters gather outside the White House Thursday

And in China, state-run media see their country ascending to a position of global leadership on the issue of climate change. I do not think that this will have a serious impact in the long term on the effectiveness of worldwide efforts to prevent global climate change.

During his remarks, Trump left the door open to negotiating new terms that would bring the USA back into the Paris accord or a totally new pact. "On the contrary. We in Germany, Europe and the world will combine our forces more resolutely than ever to address and successfully tackle challenges for humanity such as climate change".

China was long viewed as a major obstacle to a binding global climate deal, especially during 2009 negotiations in Copenhagen, where Beijing insisted advanced industrial nations should bear the bulk of the burden when it comes to cutting CO2. The source said any withdrawal announced by Trump could have conditions or caveats that were under discussion.

Trump on Thursday announced the formal withdrawal of the USA from the deal, fulfilling a pledge from his 2016 presidential campaign.

Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", Trump said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". "That is why President Trump is committing a mistake with dramatic and fatal consequences", she said.

In pledging to pull the commitment to the Paris carbon reduction goals, Trump is having the US join Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-signatories.

During the campaign, Trump said the accord would cost the USA economy trillions of dollars with no tangible benefit.

Meanwhile, a correspondent on Chinese state-owned CCTV said China would not alter its course, adding: "The whole world struggled to reach a collective agreement, there was a lot of hesitation and going around in circles".