Trump pulls United States from Aust on Paris, trade

Trump to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Donald Trump has been urged not to abandon a landmark climate change deal amid speculation he is set to withdraw from the global pact.

A senior European Union official said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Trump did, and would spell out, during talks Friday in Brussels, how they would meet their obligations.

Trump tweeted yesterday morning: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days".

Those countries, including the US, collectively account for the vast majority of the world's greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

"China will stand by its responsibilities on climate change", Li told reporters in Berlin, according to a German translation, adding it was standing by its worldwide responsibilities and also setting national targets.

Mayor de Blasio will sign an executive order later this week to maintain the city's agreement to the global pact to fight climate change, he announced Wednesday during a press conference on ferries in Red Hook.

Speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday, Modi said: "We do not have the right to despoil the environment for future generations".

"As a big developing nation we should shoulder our worldwide responsibility".

During Trump's foreign trip that included a stop at the Vatican, Pope Francis gave Trump a copy of his encyclical on climate change and, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the cardinal secretary of state "encourag [ed] continued participation in the Paris accord".

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"The Accord", the document went on to say, "was negotiated poorly by the Obama Administration and signed out of desperation". The U.S.is the world's second largest greenhouse gas emitter and would otherwise have accounted for 21 percent of the total emissions reductions achieved by the accord through 2030.

A voluntarily promise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change was agreed in 2015.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russian Federation "thinks highly" of the accords and there is no alternative to it. Trump appeared unswayed and a communique coming out of the meeting pointedly failed to include the USA among G7 countries backing the agreement.

Other countries that reluctantly joined the agreement could now withdraw or soften their commitments to cutting planet-warming pollution.

The diplomatic repercussions of a US withdrawal would be vast, as European leaders last week pushed Trump to stay in the Paris climate deal at the G7 meeting in Italy.

"President Vladimir Putin signed this convention when he was in Paris". Some of his aides have been searching for a middle ground in an effort to thread the needle between his base of supporters who oppose the deal for fear it will hamper US economic growth and those warning that a USA exit would deal a blow to the fight against global warming as well as to worldwide USA leadership.

Trump has maintained that the standards under the deal are unfair and would reduce job growth, as well as wages while increasing utility costs in the U.S. Trump said the U.S. economy would falter while other countries will flourish while expanding their GDPs. ExxonMobil's shareholders voted overwhelmingly this week to force the company to disclose the risks its business poses to climate change.

"Those who want to export their goods and services to our market also have to accept our standards", he said.

Those moves make it unlikely the USA will meet its Paris commitment. Calculations suggest it could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year _ enough to melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather.

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