President meets with EPA chief on Paris climate pact

President Donald Trump says his plans for the Paris climate accord will be known "very soon".

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, has come to the view that the standards set out in the agreement did not work for the USA economy and the question was whether to try to change those standards within the agreement or pull out, another senior administration official said. The president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are supposedly urging Trump to stick with the Paris agreement.

As for Syria, the country "was effectively an global pariah when the Paris accord was first signed, making Damascus's involvement at the least impractical", wrote Taylor.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, has come under concerted pressure from other world leaders to honour the 2015 Paris Agreement, the first to bind all nations to setting goals to curb carbon emissions. However, others on Trump's team are pushing him to withdraw, something he promised to do as a candidate.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the USA economy.

Trump said on Saturday that he would announce this week whether the U.S. would adhere to the Paris agreement after resisting pressure to announce the plans at the G7 summit. They know that Trump's decision will have major implications for the 195 countries signed on to the accord, especially China and India.

Under former President Barack Obama, the US had agreed under the accord to reduce polluting emissions by about 1.6 billion tons by 2025.

"We propose the establishment of an global coalition for green development on the Belt and Road, and we will provide support to related countries in adapting to climate change", Xi said at the inaugural Belt and Road Forum, a gathering of 130 nations with which China hopes to build a massive trade network.

Putin is meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later on Thursday.

President Donald Trump told his environmental chief that he intends to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, according to a source with knowledge of the conversation.

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

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

President Donald Trump still refuses to back the 2015 Paris agreement to fight climate change, blocking efforts by world leaders meeting in Sicily to get the new United States leader to endorse the treaty, Italy's prime minister said today (26 May).

This comes shortly after UN Secretary General António Guterres said in a speech in NY the UN was trying to convince the Trump administration staying with the accord was important for US national security and its economy.

He argued that climate action was a sound security policy, warning of mass displacement from natural disasters or from refugees whose lands become unlivable. Musk said at the time that he would seek a consensus of fellow council members on recommendations for changes that could be suggested to Trump.

The implications of a USA withdrawal, though, are profound and far-reaching.

"If this is true, it is a big setback".

Guterres didn't explicitly throw shade at the United States, but he may has well have.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on all leaders of government, business, and civil society to back the Paris climate change agreement and take actions to slow down global warming. The other G7 countries - Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan - reaffirmed their support for the accord last week.

"The effects of climate change are risky and they are accelerating", he will say. Climate change is unstoppable.

He also pointed to the opportunities that climate action can provide, such as through the creation of jobs and increased economic growth.

"If someone leaves a void, I guarantee someone will fill it", said Guterres, who went on to explain what consequences such an exit could have for the US.

That's what Trump says in a tweet, and he adds: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

A White House official says Trump's expected to withdraw the United States from the landmark agreement.

"The president will make an announcement when he's made a final decision", one senior official said.

The United States, one of the biggest greenhouse emitters in the world, would announce its position this week whether to leave the deal or to stay.

President Donald Trump plans to follow through on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, a source briefed on the decision told Reuters, a move that promises to deepen a rift with USA allies.

He said each month, countries were moving to translate the Paris agreement into national plans. The U.S. has agreed to reduce its emissions by 2025 to 26 per cent to 28 per cent of 2005 levels - about 1.6 billion tons.

  • Zachary Reyes