Climate action continues despite USA withdrawal: COP22 President
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 2:58
The World Health Organisation predicts that 250,000 people will die every year due to the health effects brought about by a polluted and warming planet, as malaria and dengue fever spread to new regions and food production is affected. Christiana Figueres, who served as executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change until 2016, told The New York Times that "there was now no formal mechanism for entities that were not countries to be full parties to the Parris accord".
Why did Donald Trump pull the plug?
The views of the current U.S. administration seem to be based on the idea that technologies that have no carbon emissions are expensive and therefore slow economic growth.
He said American withdrawal "represents a reassertion of American sovereignty".
Nicaragua's government, which under leftwing President Daniel Ortega is allied with Russian Federation and Iran, has not given any public reaction to Trump's decision.
Other world leaders were more reticent in their criticism, either out of domestic concerns or because they don't want to alienate the U.S.as an important ally. "And they won't be", Mr Trump added.
"In the United States, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states and businesses than they are by our federal government", former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg, now a UN special envoy for cities and climate change, said Friday in Paris. The company acknowledged Friday that he would not step down from Trump's business group.
The condemnation was quick and unflinching.
Bloomberg said he is also organizing an effort to have a group of mayors, governors, university presidents and businesses added on to the Paris climate deal. India might be "allowed" to double its coal production by 2020 - no country, including the United States, is banned from doing this under the provisions of the Paris agreement, but New Delhi has no such plans. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said he didn't know the president's views.
"I do not agree with all of the president's policies and decisions, including today's announcement to exit the USA from the Paris Agreement which I believe is a critical step forward in addressing climate change".
The authors of that roundup, including Patz, called for health professionals to play a stronger role in explaining the links between climate change and human health and in advocating for policy changes. It did not lock in exactly how the United States and other nations would help.
The thing is, the study isn't meant to give the full picture on what can happen if the agreement is implemented well.
"Now, without the fed push, they can more or less remain where they would have". Current pledges from the 195 signatories are not enough, with rises of 3.3C expected. "The world can not wait - and neither will we".
Paul Melia, writing in today's Irish Independent, insists that it isn't. He said the United States will continue efforts to reduce its emissions.
Helping smaller economy countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia grow through through a cleaner energy mix will reduce emissions and limit global warming while pushing richer countries to curb their own emissions.
California has seen a boom in green jobs.
In addition, business is adapting to the new reality. Energy companies including BP and Royal Dutch Shell have spent billions researching clean energy, while Walmart claims to save $1bn a year by utilising renewable power.
In the Gallup Poll taken during the same time period, a similar result was shown, with Trump receiving 39 percent approval and 56 percent disapproval rating - adjusted to 40 percent approval and 54 percent disapproval rating. Moreover, we need to aid the most poor and vulnerable among us who are in no position to conquer climate change when their basic necessities of life are not met.