Theresa May takes swipe at Trump's climate stance in United Nations speech

Posted September 21, 2017

Chicago was among 200-plus cities that said they would honor the commitments of the landmark climate deal after President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that he planned to withdraw the US from the agreement.

But she has repeatedly expressed concern about his decision to seek to renegotiate the Paris treaty, and a planned state visit to the United Kingdom has been indefinitely postponed, amid fears of public protests.

Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, Trump had said that the agreement on climate change was unfair to the U.S., as it badly hit its businesses and jobs. He gave no indication of what those terms might include.

He thinks it signals an attempt to prevent a full US withdrawal by pro-Paris Agreement elements in the administration.

While the Paris accord represented a major breakthrough, the USA decision on whether to withdraw or stay in the deal is, in fact, a secondary consideration. After Trump signed an executive order in March meant to undo many of President Barack Obama's environmental regulations, they published another open letter. Key elements in the deal are non-binding; there are no global climate cops to enforce its compliance.

The deal, drafted in 2015, saw the global community come together in a historic agreement to limit global warming "to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change".

But opponents say withdrawing from the accord is an abdication of Unites States leadership on a key global challenge. "We have heard the declarations made by President Trump and his intention not to respect the agreement, and we can only hope to convince him in the long run".

"We want them back in Paris, I am not saying it is going to happen overnight", he said.

"The NY Green Bank's central effort in this regard to raise new capital will provide greater confidence to the marketplace, driving down costs for all while expanding New York's clean energy economy", Kauffman said Wednesday. "We must do more", she said, urging reform.

Now, a group of British researchers has published a study in Nature Geoscience that suggests that the rate of #Global warming has been greatly exaggerated in the climate models used by scientists and government policymakers.

Mr Johnson is at the United Nations General Assembly in NY, where he was warmly welcomed by Mr Trump on Monday.

Ortega said that Nicaragua would adopt the agreement "soon". This led to the ocean circulation speeding up, enabling it to drag more heat down into the deep ocean and away from the atmosphere.

On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CBS broadcaster that Trump "is open to finding those conditions where we can remain engaged with others on what we all agree is still a challenging issue". Or he can be influenced by the more pragmatic officials in his administration and look for compromises.

Warnings made in 2015 at the Paris Climate Change Conference had been too pessimistic, they said.

Former vice president turned environmental champion Al Gore warned of the rapid worsening of climate change, pointing out that Hurricane Harvey which battered Texas last month was the type of rain that was only likely to happen every 25,000 years.