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China calls climate change 'global consensus'

01 June 2017

Donald Trump will announce his decision on whether or not the U.S. will leave the Paris climate agreement at 3pm Eastern Time on Thursday, the USA president announced on Twitter.

Washington insiders said on May 31 that Trump was likely to pull out of the landmark 2015 Paris accord signed by 195 countries, further straining relations with many USA allies and leaving the United States alongside Syria and Nicaragua as the only states not participating. Now with the president reportedly on the verge of pulling out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, it appears that Musk has had enough of Trump - threatening on Twitter to quit the two advisory councils he sits on (business and manufacturing jobs) if the president abandons the Paris accord.

Hundreds of companies signed a statement calling for the U.S. to remain in the agreement.

A US withdrawal could deepen a rift with USA allies. If the United States withdraws, it will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement.

Meanwhile, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said China was prepared to fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States if it exits the Paris climate deal.

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"The effects of climate change are unsafe and they are accelerating", Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business. Virtually every nation voluntarily committed to steps aimed at curbing global emissions of "greenhouse" gases.

The departure of the US would make it significantly harder to avoid temperatures rising by more than two degrees Celsius by 2100, according to climate modeling by USA not-for-profit Climate Interactive. In addition to Musk, Trump named the chief executives of JP Morgan, Disney and IBM to the panel.

He added he would have "no choice" but to depart Trump's advisory councils if the U.S. pulled out of the climate deal.

The White House has declined to comment on those reports, with spokesman Sean Spicer saying only that Trump would make it clear in the "next few days".

Walsh also said plans to host the third in a series of meetings between the USA and China in Boston have been scrapped due to lack of interest from the Trump administration.

Trump to announce decision on Paris climate agreement soon
Under the pact, the United States committed to reduce its emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. Trump refused to endorse the agreement during a meeting this weekend at the G7 summit with other world leaders.

"We are willing to work with all sides to jointly protect the Paris agreement process, promote the actual rules and regulations of the agreement in follow-up talks and effectively enact them, and promote global green, low carbon, sustainable development".

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For China, the No. 1 polluter, having overtaken the United States, the goal was for emissions to peak by 2030 and then start dropping, reducing the amount of carbon pollution per person to about 60 percent of 2005 levels.

"You're going to find out very soon".

The EU and China will call on all parties to uphold the Paris agreement because climate change is a "national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility, and constitutes a root cause for instability", according to the draft statement.

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Democratic U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Jack Reed wrote a letter urging Trump not to withdraw.

China calls climate change 'global consensus'