Trump could pull out of global climate accord in a year: lawyers


In announcing this yesterday, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said Malaysia has pledged to a 45% reduction in its greenhouse emissions by 2030, and cut 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2020.

Mr. Trump denies the validity of climate change science. A withdrawal by Trump would hobble the agreement's effort to cut fossil-fuel emissions and could leave the US facing grave diplomatic repercussions.

Even if president-elect Donald Trump does not reverse policies already put in place by Barack Obama - and that is a big "if" - U.S. emissions of heat-trapping gases would remain stable over the next 15 years, badly missing the target, the experts said in a report.

Trump vowed during his campaign to withdraw US tax dollars from United Nations global warming programs created to help vulnerable countries shift to cleaner energy and adapt to rising seas and other impacts of climate change.

On Nov. 5, the landmark Paris climate change accord was effectively set into worldwide law, with 96 countries all over the world formally ratifying the agreement.

The Seychellois participants met ahead of the event - earlier in November - to discuss Seychelles' climate change position vis-à-vis the conference.

As per some UNFCCC experts, the down-toning of India's actions on its NDC could be a clever step, as reflecting its domestic commitments on its NDC might jeopardise the global financial assistance that India, along with other developing countries, would receive. They must take the lead in ensuring that there is progress in the way developed countries report and count adaptation finance in order to promote greater transparency and accountability in the latter's commitments.

"Almost a year from the Paris Conference, it is clear the agreement was a watershed, a turning point". Once again, America's leaders will describe climate change as a hoax or as a non-threat. Unlike in the USA, there is no faction within the Danish government that has chosen to ignore the overwhelming evidence behind man-made climate change. "Now, more than ever, a global response to climate change requires domestic action".

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American president-elect Donald Trump threatened in May that as president he would cancel the agreement, describing the accord as "bad for U.S. business" and previously calling climate change a "hoax".

It would shortcut any hopes that Paris would bind Trump's hands for some time.

Several scientists warned that the planet likely will reach risky levels of warming if President-elect Donald Trump fulfills his campaign pledges to undo President Barack Obama's climate policies.

In Paris, the world's nations pledged to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases.

Li Shuo, a climate-policy expert at Greenpeace in China, said his nation - the world's top polluter - would continue to work on climate change "out of its own very genuine concern".

Part of Trump's reasoning behind this may have something to do with his refusal to accept the scientific evidence that proves the existence of climate change.

"We welcome the news that Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement".

Many of us in the United States are in deep shock and despair. Back then, with the reality of climate change not as widely known, it is conceivable to give voters a pass.