UN chief urges action on climate change as Trump debates

"After the G7 [meeting], the word was put out that six countries were on track, pursuing the objective of the Paris Agreement".

Perhaps more importantly we have reports of China being "strongly dissatisfied" with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a G7 statement which said they were concerned by the situation in the South China Sea and East China Sea. According to Mattis, he participated in some discussions that the president held in Brussels, the Belgian capital, where the head of State met this week with the leaders of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the Tuesday meeting between the president and Scott Pruitt and said Paris was on the agenda.

Trump said he would decide this week whether or not he will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, which the Obama administration joined in 2016 along with 146 other countries.

Cohn called the G-7 leaders' climate-change talks "a very constructive, very warm conversation". "We know that the levels that were agreed to by the prior administration would be highly crippling to the USA economic growth, " Trump's economic advisor Gary Cohn told RFI.

The pledge, which was accepted a year ago by then-US President Barack Obama, commits signatories to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.

As the incoming President of COP 23, the United Nations climate change conference Bainimarama has appealed to the US President, Donald Trump to "preserve at all costs" the historic achievement that was reached in the French capital in 2015 and the multilateral consensus for decisive action to reduce carbon emissions and arrest the current rate of global warming. In the case of China, that the USA would so willingly give up its leadership position in the agreement is an enticing prospect. Trump has flip-flopped on campaign promises before, and, as Axios noted, he spent a lot of time on his recent trip with his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who are both advocates of the agreement.

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The documents showed that the United Kingdom tried to make a policy created to voluntarily improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make goods cheaper to run for consumers.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After sitting down with two dozen climate scientists and analyzing a computer model of the potential scenario, The Associated Press found that a lack of USA participation in the Paris Agreement would make it more hard to stop Earth from crossing into a unsafe temperature threshold.

But Trump can pull out of Paris, an agreement Putin has never liked, because it means a large fraction of Russia's fossil fuel reserves would remain in the ground, unable to provide vast revenue for him and the Kremlin.

Guterres said countries can either "get on board or get left behind" when it comes to taking action on global warming because they will miss out on new economic opportunities from greener industries. For that reason, many sector observers see the Paris accord as a target for future presidential administrations to use for emissions regulations.

The climate change agreement seeks to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels but, if the United States exits the deal, scientists and experts believe that the country could undo what other parts of the world are working hard to prevent.

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