'There's a 2/3 chance Paris Agreement can be achieved'

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

He added that President Trump's withdrawal from the agreement would not be significant because "The White House's position doesn't have much impact on United States emissions".

In the United States, the Paris accord is a potent symbol for so much of what Mr. Trump's supporters loath: humanist science that clashes with fundamental Christianity; "world government" as embodied by the multilateralism of the United Nations; and government activism that results in higher taxes and more regulation.

Speculation that Trump would reverse course and remain in the Paris deal was heightened after the European Union's climate chief, Miguel Arias Canete, said Saturday in an interview that the US had signaled it wants to seek new terms from within the agreement, rather than withdraw outright and then renegotiate.

In 2013, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated that humanity could emit about 1,000 more gigatons, or billion tons, of carbon dioxide from 2011 onward if it wanted a good chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees C - launching the highly influential concept of the "carbon budget".

"We have to make sure that global pressure is strong and that we do not stop the agreement from being implemented", he said, noting that French President Emmanuel Macron has called a climate summit for December 12 in Paris.

France, which has staunchly defended the Paris accord since Trump announced his decision to withdraw, said it would push forward with implementation no matter what.

However, numerous national commitments in the agreement are non-binding, including the targets for emission reductions and the amount each developed country should contribute to developing countries. "They don't stack up with the real world in terms of what we see today from human-induced climate change". "We want to be helpful", Tillerson said.

"Developing countries should be provided with adequate support for their mitigation and adaptation actions and progress should be made on a post-2020 finance goal that should be significant more than the 2020 goal 100 billion United States dollars per year in climate finance", he said.

Trump specifically took issue with the U.S. goal in the agreement of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025.

Mr Cañete said: "It's a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past".

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the mayors of Paris, Melbourne, Durban and other global cities on Monday in pledging to uphold the clean energy standards outlined in the Paris climate accord, which President Donald Trump pulled back from earlier this year.

Other countries and world leaders roundly rejected Trump's request to renegotiate the deal, which took years to finalise.

The Governor then met with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Al Gore and other climate leaders at the United Nations Headquarters.

Though the USA last month officially sent a letter to the United Nations officially announcing it would withdraw from Paris, the State Department said the U.S. would continue to participate in climate change meetings during the years-long withdrawal process. The first session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) took place in Marrakech, Morocco from 15-18 November 2016.

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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