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US formally indicates intention to quit Paris climate deal

Donald Trump, US president

The US on Friday, August 4, 2017 issued its first written notification that the country intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change. But in the notice to the United Nations, the US Department of State said Washington would remain in the talks process. Friday’s announcement is seen as largely symbolic as no nation seeking to leave the ...

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US mayors commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035

US mayors

Over 250 US mayors have committed to procure 100% renewable energy for their cities by 2035, thereby providing a significant boost to climate action. Interest in renewable energies is said to be running high in cities, and enacting clean energy policies at the local level is essential to achieve the central goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is ...

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Study clarifies how US cities, states can engage in climate action

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s stand notwithstanding, U.S. cities and states are increasingly seeking ways to play an active role in international climate change efforts. In an apparent move to complement this role, the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law of Columbia Law School has released a new resource to help them engage in climate action. The report, entitled “Act Locally, Reflect ...

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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement: An overview

Paris Agreement

The announcement by the President of the United States in June 2017 that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement appears to have sparked a lot of interest in how a Party can withdraw, should they decide to do so. In this piece, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), attempts to clarify the basic process, ...

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Faith groups ask Trump to reconsider Paris accord pull-out

Mattias Söderberg

Faith-based organisations have called on U.S. President Donald Trump to give a second thought to his decision to pull the country out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Representatives of the faith groups, who are preparing for an inter-faith gathering, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 expressed deep concern about the US decision. “To care for creation, is a moral ...

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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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US climate policy: Doctors must respond to protect human health


In an article published recently in the British Medical Journal, family medicine physician, health policy expert, and Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, Dr. Mona Sarfaty, comments on the health implications of the recent White House Executive Order rescinding, revising and reviewing regulatory decisions and authorities of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – specifically those that were directed ...

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US: We remain focused on climate action, global development – UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

In the light of the recent development in the US, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), tells her staffers on Friday, March 31, 2017 to be positive and focus on inherent opportunities as the organisation continues to raise its game in support of the transformation of the global economy The new US administration ...

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Standoff between Trump, green groups boils into war

Donald Trump

The first shots have been fired in what’s likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and President Donald Trump of the US. It started on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 when a broad coalition of groups sued the Trump administration in federal court, barely 24 hours after the president signed an executive order that lifted a ...

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Knocks, as Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline


US president, Donald Trump, on Friday, March 24, 2017 approved a federal permit applied for by TransCanada to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision comes after Trump signed an executive memorandum urging the State Department to approve the pipeline, which is proposed to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Environment watchdog group,, has however condemned ...

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