Environment minister calls US withdrawal from climate deal 'regrettable'

Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement was also criticized on Friday by Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski, who said that the U.S.is taking course toward becoming a developing country.

Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman, also refused to say whether Trump believes in climate change. "The Paris Agreement remains a cornerstone in the cooperation between our countries, for effectively and timely tackling climate change and for implementing the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals", the statement said.

"If the United States drops out of the climate agreement... for European trade policy, this means that American production sites don't need to abide by the climate goals", Germany's center-left chancellor candidate said on Thursday, speaking at the WDR Europa Forum in Berlin.

The media mogul and former New York City mayor also pledged 15 million to the United Nations' efforts against climate change on Thursday. On June 2, Mayor Bill Peduto said that he is joining a coalition that intends to uphold the Paris Agreement, called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy. "The U.S. withdrawal means that we have lost a very strong supporter and partner of the Paris Agreement and the main goal of the agreement - to limit the increase in temperature to under two degrees - will be much more hard to achieve".

To say that the climate accord "hamstrings" the United States while allowing India and China to increase their emissions is "baffling".

As President Donald Trump explained his rationale for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement on Thursday, he cited research that seemed to suggest the global emissions cuts agreed to under the deal wouldn't make a significant difference in worldwide temperatures.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace, whose 484 members and 600 Associates serve in 24 states, Nigeria and Peru, are committed to reducing the impact of global climate change.

The Green Fund is created to help poor countries adapt to climate change and bypass some of the heavily polluting technologies formerly used by rich countries.

Macron said the Paris climate pact is irreversible despite Trump's decision to withdraw from it.

In a press conference after a summit between the EU and China, European council president Donald Tusk said the bloc was stepping up co-operation with China on climate change.

"He thinks we have to negotiate better deals for this country", she said, "and that there's a balance between environmental protection and and economic growth".

  • Zachary Reyes