Trump to pull out of Paris climate deal

In Congress, 40 Democratic senators sent Trump a letter saying withdrawal would hurt America's credibility and influence on the world stage.

In 2018, and every five years thereafter, countries will take stock of the overall impact of their efforts to rein in global warming, according to the text.

A senior European Union official has said the EU and China would reaffirm their commitment to the pact regardless of what Mr Trump does.

News of President Donald Trump's expected decision to pull the United States from a global climate deal has led to a swift and strong reaction from the United Nations.

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which US allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a USA withdrawal.

"Ten years ago (a USA exit) would have shocked the planet", Schellnhuber said. Whoever was elected president of the United States wouldn't be able to pull out of the Agreement until November 2019, and even then, another year would pass before the withdrawal would go into effect.

He did not specify when he will sign the executive order, but said the city will continue to monitor Trump's words and actions as the week progresses.

One computer simulation - one that many other scientists say is too much of a worst-case scenario - calculates that if the US increases carbon dioxide emissions and the rest of the world hits its targets, America's added carbon pollution will be responsible for about half a degree of warming (0.3 degrees Celsius).

Scientists have warned that without urgent action, climate change will have catastrophic effects in the near future.

Juncker highlighted one stipulation of the agreement which says a country needs to complete a four-year withdrawal process before pulling out of the agreement.

In a speech on Tuesday at an event in New York, Mr Guterres said, "It's very clear that governments are not everything".

The 2015 accord was originally agreed to by 200 countries in Paris. Following the G7 meetings in Italy last week, we saw something extraordinary: all of the G7 parties, minus the United States, publicly calling out America in the communiqué's final section about climate change. In fact, during the negotiations, the US team took great pains to make sure that the language in the deal didn't give birth to a true treaty, specifically for the goal of avoiding the two-thirds vote needed in the Senate.

Alternatively, the president could pursue a faster course by dropping out of an underlying treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Earlier this week during a trip to Germany, Modi announced new cooperation between the two countries on climate change while confirming India would not pull out of the accord, even if the US did.

They argued that USA participation would make American companies more competitive, create jobs and reduce the risks of future climate-related damage. "Climate solutions provide opportunities that unmatchable". "Will Mar-a-Lago Country Club need to be underwater for this president to make a responsible decision about climate change?"

If the US leaves Paris, Musk said he would drop participation in White House advisory councils.

During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the the landmark agreement.

Rajoy and Modi agreed to boost bilateral cooperation in the field of combating climate change.

Mr. Trump had vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris deal within 100 days of becoming President, as part of an effort to bolster USA oil and coal industries.

  • Larry Hoffman