On Thursday and Friday the Paris agreement on climate change will come to the fore once more when Brussels will host a China-EU summit. The important meeting will focus on bilateral political and economic relations, with climate change high on the agenda. Both parties want to issue a strong statement in support of Paris. It is especially important after last weekend's G7 failed to issue such a unanimous declaration, and more so given the reports that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with his promise to pull Washington's support for the deal. Other key items on the table are mobility and migration, foreign policy cooperation, and an ongoing human rights dialogue between Brussels and Beijing. There will also be preparatory talks for the G20 summit, to be held in July in Germany. It is global warming, however, that could be the source of the most fruitful bilateral dialogue, and leaders will be assessing the implementation of the 2015 EU-China climate change declaration. … [Read more...] about Climate Change: Donald Trump’s Plan to Quit Paris Agreement Will Push China and Europe Together
President Donald Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, according to a report Wednesday from Axios. Trump has been weighing the decision for some time but has long signaled a preference for backing out of the landmark accord. During his campaign, he said he would exit the deal in order to support the American oil and coal industries. The president on Tuesday tweeted that he would announce his decision within the next few days. Related: Trump and climate change: U.N. warns president pulling out of Paris agreement could leave U.S. behind If the U.S. does pull out, it will join Nicaragua and Syria as the only two countries not committed to the deal, which was signed by 195 countries in 2015. What Is the Paris Climate Agreement? The pact was set to go into effect in 2020, with the U.S. committed, under former President Barack Obama, to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Obama last year … [Read more...] about What Is the Paris Climate Agreement? Trump Reportedly Decides to Pull the U.S. Out of Landmark Accord
Withdrawing the United States from the global Paris climate agreement, as the White House reportedly plans to do, would create an international uproar. But given that President Donald Trump had no plans to meet the nation's commitments under the agreement, wouldn't pulling out of the agreement be merely a formality? Yes and no, say both critics and advocates of the move. Related: Trump reportedly decides to pull the U.S. out of landmark accord The president has already signaled, via a March executive order, that he will scrap the Clean Power Plan, a regulation enacted under his Democratic predecessor to curb carbon emissions from electric power plants. The Clean Power Plan, which was already on hold pending the results of a court challenge from Republican governors, was central to President Barack Obama's plan for meeting the emissions reductions the United States pledged as part of the Paris agreement, which updated the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. … [Read more...] about Does It Matter If the U.S. Pulls Out of the Paris Accord?
Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched his latest operation to wrest business from post-Brexit Britain by calling on 140 global business leaders at Versailles Palace to “Choose France” in a speech in English – an unprecedented move for a French president on home soil. The Gallic clarion call to woo the world’s captains of industry at Louis XIV’s gilded palace came amid far less glamorous reports that Paris is facing an invasion of rats in its most exclusive districts. At the closed door summit in Versailles, Mr Macron addressed a string of CEOs, including those of Google, Goldman Sachs, Coca Cola and Chinese group JD.com, as well as Facebook’s number two, Sheryl Sandberg. He was also due to hold... … [Read more...] about Macron speaks English at Versailles in lunge for post-Brexit business as rats plague the streets of Paris
The UK’s carbon budget for the early 2030s does not need to be tightened despite a tougher global warming target agreed in Paris last month, the government’s climate advisers have told ministers. Campaigners said a letter published on Thursday from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to energy and climate secretary, Amber Rudd, was “desperately disappointing” for failing to increase the ambition of the so-called fifth carbon budget in light of the Paris climate deal. Nearly 200 governments in Paris agreed to work towards keeping global temperature rises below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, a more exacting target than the 2C previously agreed on by leaders, and which the UK carbon budgets are based on. It also required a longterm reduction to net zero emissions, which is more ambitious than the UK’s Climate Change Act. The proposed fifth carbon budget’s 57% cut in emissions by 2032 was laid out before Paris by the committee, and has yet to be … [Read more...] about No need to tighten UK carbon budget in light of Paris deal, say climate advisers