The mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris: We have our own climate deal

Ige noted at the signing ceremony Tuesday at the state capitol that Hawaii is seeing the impacts of climate change first-hand.

Gov. David Ige signed SB 559, which works to expand efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agreement with the worldwide agreement.

The other bill, HB 1578 authorizes the creation of a task force charged with identifying agricultural and aquacultural practices that could improve soil health and reduce carbon levels in the atmosphere.

The good news is that as we celebrate the World Environment Day this week, it will be business as usual in other countries that support the fight against climate change.

"In order for Hawaii to be an active participant in going green and looking at alternative energies", Okabe said, "we want to be the first, and we want to be the trendsetter for the world".

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and representatives for other mayors in the state also signed a statement declaring continuing support for the Paris agreement.

Trump's announcement also prompted more than 1,200 business leaders, mayors and college presidents to stress that they planned to continue working towards the goals set in Paris.

North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson joined a chorus of global leaders in expressing concern over Trump's decision to pull the USA from the climate-change agreement, calling it "short-sighted and silly".

China is by far the world's largest user of coal, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of its energy use and has made it the No. 1 emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases.

Comey was sacked by Trump last month, and the president later said the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision. However, the subject matter of the most recent dustup between the nuclear-armed dictatorship and the "America First" Trump administration is an unusual one.

Georgia's obligations taken through the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change officially comes into play today.

The U.S. bears about 20% of the costs for the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which provides the underlying framework for the Paris Agreement.

Help is at hand - even if it's not from your own federal government.

It is imperative that the world know that in the US, the actors that will provide the leadership necessary to meet our Paris commitment are found in city halls, state capitals, colleges and universities, investors and businesses.

However, the Copenhagen summit only generated 42 percent of the searches that Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement drew.

  • Julie Sanders