China vows to uphold Paris climate deal


Gov. Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state, but he stopped short of criticizing President Trump's decision.

The Paris accord commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

Nobody at the White House was able to say on Friday whether President Donald Trump believes in climate change.

Several American companies ― including oil bigwigs Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips; automaker Tesla; and tech giants Apple, Facebook and Google ― have also expressed their support for the worldwide accord and have redoubled their commitment to mitigating global warming.

Being part of the Paris agreement gives Durham a chance share ideas with other cities nationwide and across the globe, he said.

"The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord".

France and India will seek to show a united front to tackle climate change when the their leaders meet on Saturday with President Emmanuel Macron likely to underline his country's stability in talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Trump formally announced his decision to leave the historic global agreement Thursday after promising to take the action during last year's campaign.

The U.S. might have walked away from the Paris Agreement, but that doesn't mean all its cities and states will do the same. But Trump also pledged to "ensure that the United States remains the world leader on environmental issues". The only other two countries are war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which opposed the deal because it didn't go far enough to control global warming.

"The Paris agreement is irreversible and will be implemented because it is our responsibility", he said.

The members of the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda known as the Climate Mayors had previously announced in March that they would not enforce an executive order that rolled back the previous administration's policies to regulate energy production and reduce emissions.

The potential economic benefits of embracing clean energy weren't lost on Obama, who reacted to Trump's announcement on Thursday by saying that "the nations that remain in the Paris agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created". This, at a time when developing nations India and China are moving at a fast clip towards renewable energy by tapping solar and wind power in a big way.

Pruitt, asked if he himself believed climate change is occurring, said he has indicated that "human activity contributes to it in some manner".