UN chief Guterres says climate deal is essential

UN chief Guterres says climate deal is essential

UN chief Guterres says climate deal is essential

Donald Trump is poised to withdraw the U.S. from a major climate change deal created to cut global carbon emissions, a White House official has said.

"Canada's just going to keep marching on, like the rest of the world", McKenna told an event in Toronto.

The White House was initially slated to make a final decision on the climate accord earlier this month, but delayed the decision until the G7 meeting in Sicily.

Today on Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that if President Trump publicly withdraws from the worldwide Paris Agreement, Musk will respond by withdrawing from all White house advisory councils. "He didn't want to do anything to put the U.S.at a disadvantage", Cohn said.

Li Keqiang, Donald Tusk, and Jean-Claude Juncker are said to be pushing through with support for the Paris Agreement, even without USA support.

The news from the White House led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations. Days before that, he had also overseen the largest US arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $110 billion over the next decade, The Guardian reported.

However, whether or not the US withdraws is unclear. Barack Obama signed the USA up in September 2016, and members of the G7 are keen for the United States to continue to back it, not least because the country is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after China. The U.S.is the second-largest emitter, contributing about 15 per cent, followed by the European Union, responsible for about 10 per cent.

Mr Guterres said that since then 147 nations had ratified the Paris Agreement, representing more than 82 per cent of global emissions.

The December 2015 agreement dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation has, as of May, been signed by all 197 countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, except Syria and Nicaragua. The agreement came into effect in November 2016.

That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.

Last week, leaders of other wealthy democracies urged Trump to commit his administration to the agreement at the G-7 summit in Sicily, but they said in their closing statement that the US, for now, "is not in a position to join the consensus".

That kind of rhetoric was somewhat echoed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the G-7 meeting ended.

McKenna told the Canadian Press the rest of the world doesn't intend to sit and wait for Trump.

In those conversations, McKenna said she's also highlighted that 90 per cent of the accord remains to be negotiated and it's better to be at the table.

"The falling cost of renewables is one of the most encouraging stories on the planet today", he said adding that in the USA and China, new renewable energy jobs now outstrip those created in the oil and gas industries.

He said: "Even if we meet every target, we will only get to part of where we need to go".

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