EU, African, Caribbean, Pacific countries to push climate deal

  • EU, African, Caribbean, Pacific countries to push climate deal

EU, African, Caribbean, Pacific countries to push climate deal

If the CAT were to rate the current policies of the Trump Administration as an NDC, it would move it from "Medium" to "Inadequate" on its rating scale.

One of Donald Trump's prominent campaign promises - to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 United Nations accord that aims to combat climate change - may soon become reality.

The European Union also called the agreement "irreversible and non-negotiable", with Miguel Arias Canete, European commissioner for climate action and energy, saying in a written statement that "we, developed and developing countries together, will defend the Paris Agreement".

According to the Climate Action Plan outlined by the previous Barack Obama administration in 2013, the U.S. wanted to reduce its carbon emissions by 26% to 28% below its 2005 levels by 2025 by expanding clean energy, energy efficiency programmes and transportation strategies, and by implementing its Clean Power Plan.

India's push for renewable energy post the Paris Agreement on climate change has caught the eye of China, with its government shifting its Indian investments from coal to solar energy in India. Without the Clean Power Plan, the study puts this number at just 7 percent below 2005 levels.

Yet writing in the Chicago Tribune, Paul Bodnar, a special assistant to former-President Obama and a key architect of the 2014 U.S. A Wall Street Journal report noted that at these meetings world leaders are likely to pressure President Trump to remain in the agreement, while also noting that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is keen on the US withdrawing from it, with other people with close White House ties "urging more tempered steps, such as pairing the USA carbon-emission reduction targets". The governments agreed to set targets for greenhouse gas emissions and work toward meeting those targets. But would it really do the world any good to have the USA remain in the agreement purely for the sake of flouting it?

Even though he's in the business of selling fossil fuels, van Beurden tells NPR's Ari Shapiro the US should stay in the climate agreement.

"You have to have the USA on board ultimately" to achieve the goals set by the Paris Agreement, said Bill Hare, a CAT author at Climate Analytics. "But in developing countries, you can't do that".

To be sure, neither of the two Asian nations have shied away from burning coal in the past. As coal is usually the least expensive source of power, reducing Carbon dioxide output by restricting coal use would undoubtedly interfere with development priorities.

So, developing countries nearly certainly won't do it, citing Article 4 of the UNFCCC as their excuse.

"Germany stays committed to the worldwide United Nations climate process".

The results showed that 51% believed that President Trump would withdraw from the climate change pact.

"We are working very hard to find a solution for the whole world", said Ambassador Nazhat Shemeem Khan, chief negotiator for the COP23 presidency. First, Trump can't simply "exit" the Paris Agreement - it's a lengthy, bureaucratic process that, ironically (or intentionally), takes four years. The "rule book" the Bonn participants started work on is meant to guide countries in implementing the Paris Agreement's goals - what type of information to include in their emissions-curbing updates, for example. This is precisely what happened in Canada. We have to go to 1.5 degrees if we are to have good coral reefs.

With 197 Parties, the UNFCCC has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. It is far better to be done with the hugely expensive and unscientific UNFCCC climate fiasco once and for all. "Despite the American election and Trump, the world is moving towards renewables".

While pulling out of the Paris deal might please the fossil fuels and automotive industry, a wide swath of corporate America is pressuring the Trump Administration to stay in the accord.