Pacific Islands accuse USA of 'abandoning' them to climate change


US President Donald Trump said Washington would not honour its carbon-cutting contribution, nor worldwide climate finance commitments made under his predecessor Barack Obama.

Many major countries - most notably China, various members of the European Union (which jointly announced their renewed commitment to the landmark climate deal) along with Russian Federation and India - also signaled that they plan to forge ahead with implementing the Paris Agreement.

Kimmel also noted the only two countries not on board the accord, which unifies nations in an effort to combat climate change, are Nicaragua and Syria.

Musk adamantly disagreed with Trump's decision to sign an executive order in January that temporarily banned travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.

During a trip to Europe this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India's commitment to fighting climate change and said it would be a "crime" to spoil the environment for future generations. "Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now", UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim said in a statement responding to President Donald Trump's announcement that the USA will withdraw from the ambitious climate pact.

The UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim joined other experts and analysts in saying that the USA withdrawal will put India and China in leadership positions in the global fight to combat climate change.

Ultimately, the lobbying by Trump's environmental protection chief Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon urging the president to leave won out. "Turning our back on this agreement will be a disaster for America - for our businesses, for our health, and for our national security", he said.

Via Twitter, she announced that Paris' City Hall would be illuminated green "to signify our determination to implement" the Paris accord.

In accord with his campaign promise to "cancel" the 2015 Paris Agreement, Trump formally announced on June 1 that the United States is "getting out".

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Tesla founder Elon Musk said he would quit White House advisory councils on business in protest.

The Secretary-General looks forward to engaging with the American government and all actors in the United States and around the world to build the sustainable future on which our grandchildren depend. As I've argued here before, the risk that climate change will have catastrophic effects justifies investing to predict, mitigate and adapt to those effects.

They concluded: "We strongly urge you to show global leadership - and to make the right decision".

"China recognises that the transition to clean energy is the biggest market opportunity in this century", Finamore said.

Trump's term ends officially on January 20, 2021.

"Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility to make our planet great again", Macron said.

In the meantime, while these political battles play out around the world, climate scientists are left to count the rising cost of inaction, be it the bleaching of coral reefs or increasing droughts, fires and floods. The US accounted for 15 per cent of the world's carbon emissions in 2016, she noted.

The Trump administration will begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris agreement, which will take at least until November 2019. Democratic-led states of California, New York, and Washington pledged to uphold the global accord's goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.