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Hawai’i emerges first U.S. state to enact Paris Agreement law

David Ige

In a show of support for the Paris climate agreement, Gov. David Ige and Hawai’i county mayors and representatives on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 gathered for the signing of two bills and a mayors’ agreement that support the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord. Hawai‘i is the first state in the nation to enact legislation that implements portions ...

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World energy system said to be offtrack to meet Paris accord goals

Tesla-solar-Hawaii

Renewable energy technology must be considerably ramped up in order to meet long-term climate change targets and governments need to support large-scale deployment with the necessary policies, the International Energy Agency said in a report published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, countries have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the ...

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Paris climate accord: We’re still in, say U.S. leaders

Michael Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s action notwithstanding, Americans appear to have stood firmly by the Paris Agreement, thanks to what looks like an unprecedented outpouring of support for the famous climate treaty. Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, on Monday, June 5, 2017 submitted an unique statement of unity from hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors, ...

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Paris accord pull-out: Trump surrenders US global leadership – Greenpeace

Njeri Kabeberi

Denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement, Greenpeace International has said the decision will cost the US its global leadership position and its share of the economic benefits of the clean energy transition. Greenpeace Africa Executive Director, Njeri Kabeberi, said: “Thursday, June 1st 2017 will be written in history as the day the US, under the administration ...

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Paris Agreement: There’s nothing Washington can do to stop us, says Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

While U.S. President Donald Trump was on Thursday, June 1, 2017 announcing the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,  American philanthropist and UN envoy, Michael Bloomberg, on the other hand was doing what appears to be the exact opposite – filling a significant funding gap arising from Trump’s action and ensuring that America and other countries fulfill ...

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Trump Paris Agreement rejection described as ‘call to action’

Scott Vaughan

U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change puts the United States at odds not just with the international community, but with overwhelming scientific evidence and the publicly expressed wishes of hundreds of American companies, from Apple to Exxon. These are part of sentiments expressed by Scott Vaughan, President and CEO of International Institute for Sustainable ...

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Paris Agreement withdrawal: Trump in discord with reality – Activists

Donald Trump

The decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement signals that the Trump Administration is in total discord with both reality and the rest of the world, the Climate Action Network (CAN) has said. According to the group, the first to suffer from “the injudicious decision” is the American people. “This action is totally contrary to their best interests: their ...

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Condemnation, despair as Trump withdraws U.S. from Paris Agreement

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 1, 2017 finally announced his long-awaited decision for the country to withdraw from the Paris Agreement during a Rose Garden address. “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect its citizens,” he said, “the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord.” The process could be a lengthy one, as both ...

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Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris Agreement

Donald Trump, US president

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A senior White House official cautioned that the specific ...

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UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris accord

António Guterres

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. “The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of ...

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