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Renewable energy shift will continue despite USA withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Renewable energy shift will continue despite USA withdrawal from Paris Agreement”

"The US withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will delay the transition and could lead to temperatures peaking at higher levels, with concurrent climate change impacts on millions of people, but it cannot stop the economic transformation that is already underway", reads a statement from WWF South Africa, released last week after Trump's announcement.

"The Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most unsafe and costly effects of climate change", reads the letter signed by local and state government leaders, universities and businesses.

Benjamin Habib, a North Korea expert at Australia's La Trobe University, wrote back in 2014 that North Korea's surprising compliance on climate change makes sense, as it is poorer countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather conditions.

Greenpeace's director in Spain Mario Rodriguez said last Thursday's announcement will require US civil society and companies - as well as the rest of the world - to work harder to fight global warming. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, which I do, I can not in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States, which is what it does".

In a move that defies President Donald Trump, Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to pass a law vowing to stay committed to the Paris climate agreement.

The letter also highlights the fact that withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement will not affect the United States' ability to negotiate future environmental agreements. "We're not the only ones with filthy air; the five most-developed countries in the EU (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK) are all in breach of the recommended limits and have been given two months to take action".

"Climate change is real, regardless of what others may say", Ige stressed. The U.S. has been a global leader since World War II. According to the agreement, each country pledges to contribute to combat climate change.

Still, the decision was yet another sign the Trump administration is dismissive of science and uninterested in America's role as a leader on the global stage.

Speaking positively about the encounter, Brown said, "It's highly significant that the governor of California can meet with the president of China and talk about the foremost issue of our time". Approximately 86 percent of Americans support speeding up the development and use of clean energy in the U.S.

'The battle against climate change is irreversible, ' Rodriguez said.



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