January 24 2018

'There's a 2/3 chance Paris Agreement can be achieved'

January 24 2018, 01:47 | Van Peters

Report: Existing business pledges keep US on track with Paris goals

The new assessment is good news for small island states such as Tuvalu which could be inundated by rising seas if the average temperature rose by more than 1.5C

On Monday, top Trump adviser Gary Cohn met with energy and environment ministers, including Canada's Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, and reiterated the Trump administration's stand that it will withdraw from the Paris agreement unless it can "re-engage on terms more favourable to the United States". The number of events amounts to 1,600 or once in every five days.

The study has sparked some climate change skeptics to say that climate change isn't an actual threat.

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Most recently, when the States of Texas and Florida were devastated by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in quick succession and even Republican mayors and governors were finally accepting that human-induced climate change was indeed real, Pruitt insisted that climate change was not manmade. Many business organizations urged the United States to remain in the Paris accord, in part to ensure the country would have a large voice in how the rules of the game are to be shaped.

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Professor Grubb said the reassessment of the situation was good news for low-lying countries and island states in the Pacific, which would be swamped by sea-level rises if average temperatures rose by more than 1.5C.

"We should also focus on building partnerships with the aim of building capacity low-carbon planning and improving the relevant institutions in the energy, transport and the water sectors".

The report, written by New Climate Institute and the Climate Group and powered by CDP data, shows that the United States already can meet half of its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement by 2025, if the 342 commitments included in the analysis are implemented.

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has updated its government climate action rating system to better reflect the Paris Agreement's 1.5°C long term warming limit. When Trump finally announced that the US would exit the climate accord, a group of several hundred mayors, including the mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Jose and Dallas, vowed to stay bound to its goals. Hundreds of U.S. cities, universities, and businesses have declared "We Are Still In" regarding pursuing ambitious climate goals, and ensuring that the United States remains a global leader in reducing emissions.

Futerra and the Climate Group also released the results of a global survey of climate optimism, which found that two-thirds of people around the world agree that we can solve climate change, but only if we act now.

In addition, Tillerson in late August eliminated the position of the Special Envoy for Climate Change that that Obama created to coordinate the role and provide the public face of the U.S. during worldwide climate negotiations.

The White House reconfirmed Monday the United States is pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord - a decision President Donald Trump announced in June.

"The president chose to pull out of the Paris accord because it's a bad deal for the American people and it's a bad deal for the environment", he said on "Fox News Sunday".

"We have to make sure that global pressure is strong and that we do not stop the agreement from being implemented", he said, noting that French President Emmanuel Macron has called a climate summit for December 12 in Paris.

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