Paris climate agreement: What you need to know


Destroying the planet in the name of an industry that now employs fewer people than Arby's isn't romantic, Donald.

Negotiated over several tense weeks in 2015 and signed by President Obama, the agreement was one of the most significant global environmental pacts ever penned. "Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world", Musk wrote on Twitter.

"Donald Trump has absolutely chosen the wrong course".

In the wake of Trump's Paris announcement, dozens of state and local officials vowed to continue the climate fight.

Brown said he would also explore the possibility of integrating California and Chinese provincial carbon trading systems.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, who faces a general election on June 8, "expressed her disappointment with the decision", and stressed that the U.K. remained committed to the Paris agreement.

Brown also joined with Govs.

Catherine McKenna, Canadian environment minister, said her country is "deeply disappointed by the United States decision on the Paris accord". To this end, the agreement included long-term greenhouse gas emissions target contributions for each country.

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Reactions to today's withdrawal have been echoed in various other statements from city leaders. Unfortunately for him, not only is the Paris Agreement widely popular among the people of the United States-all of them-as well as businesses and economic experts, but he most certainly does not represent the people of Pittsburgh, even though it is technically his job to do so. Cities are responsible for 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that even small changes in city-wide policies - retrofitting street lamps with LED bulbs, for instance, or deploying electric vehicles for city-owned cars - can make a big dent in the country's overall emissions.

The resistance isn't ending at the city level, either.

On Thursday, the U.S. Sierra Club, an environmental group, was scathing about Trump's endorsement of what he regards as clean coal.

As of June 2, 83 American mayors, including those leading the USA six largest cities, have signed a declaration committing to "adopt, honor, and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals".

The meeting was to end with a joint statement pledging full implementation of the Paris deal, committing China and the European Union to cutting back on fossil fuels, developing more "green" technology and helping raise US$100 billion per year by 2020 to help poorer countries reduce their high-polluting emissions. "Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing on to to a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N. - and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015".

And it's not just the commitments made in Paris that cities and localities are pledging to adopt.

According to the rules of the 2016 Paris deal, stepping out of its provisions will be a lengthy process that could take up to four years.