What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

President Trump to withdraw U.S. from Paris accord, reports say

A White House official says President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

Various news outlets have reported that Trump has already made the decision to withdraw.

The summit in Brussels could mark a dramatic shift in global politics, with the European Union taking over from the United States in working with China to fight climate change.

Through the Paris accord, world leaders agreed in 2015 to cut carbon emissions to keep global temperatures from rising 1.5C above where they were before the Industrial Revolution.

Mr Trump's position on the Paris accord was a focal point of last week's G7 summit in Sicily, at which leaders of the world's six other leading economies pressed him to renew the U.S. commitment to the deal.

Musk took to Twitter to say that he had done everything possible to lobby the White House to keep the U.S. a party to the accord, but it may not be enough.

If the USA backs out of the Paris Agreement, what would that look like?

World leaders were left frustrated last week when six leaders from the G7 summit reaffirmed their support for the accord, while Trump claimed he needed more time to consider the implications.

In signing onto the accord, countries pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but were given wide leeway in how much they planned to reduce them by.

A second White House official, who was not authorized to discuss private conversations and also insisted on anonymity, said Trump had not made a final decision on how to proceed.

If he does pull the U.S., the world's second largest greenhouse gas polluter, from the accord it would leave just America, Syria and Nicaragua as the only nations not committed. Chief strategist Steve Bannon supports an exit, while senior adviser Jared Kushner generally thinks the deal is bad, but would like to find a way to see if the US emissions targets can be changed.

Trump tweeted this morning: "I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days". In it the US had agreed to reduce its emissions by 26 percent by 2025 when compared to levels in 2005 - about 1.6 billion tons.

"The President is a very impulsive, reactive personality", Clinton said.

Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the USA government not to abandon worldwide measures against climate change. Ivanka Trump is said to be lobbying for keeping the climate accord.

"But even if the government decides to leave the Paris agreement, it's very important for USA society as a whole - the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses - to remain engaged", he said.

"We're choosing to sit in the corner while everybody else is having productive planning; turning your back on people and saying, 'I don't want to be a part of this.' You're canceling yourself out", said Hayhoe.

"Yesterday, the United Nations chief said even if Trump decides to leave the deal, "its very important for the USA society as a whole? the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses? to remain engaged" with the agreement".


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