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States and cities stand with Paris, not Trump

10 June 2017

Several other health organizations have also voiced their opposition to the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord. They cheered Trump's decision.

The decision by the USA to pull out of the Paris accord was "negative" but it would "not impact" European Union's commitment to fulfil the climate deal, EU's top envoy said here today, while praising India's commitment to the agreement. "I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris agreement for our people, our economy and future.Cities and states across the USA have seized upon Pittsburgh's example, announcing their intention to pick up the federal government's slack on countering climate change".

Scientists at the University of Hawaii said in April that sea-level rise driven by global warming will cause flooding of low-lying areas in the state dozens of times per year by 2050, and will increase the risk of unsafe interactions between tropical storms and seasonal high tides. Former U.S. presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush established marine reserves, and so did former British Prime Minister David Cameron, he said.

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Trump's recent decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal was just his latest rapid-fire move to weaken or dismantle federal initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, which scientists say are heating the planet to levels that could have disastrous consequences. Before the President's announcement, there were only two countries that weren't part of the agreement, Syria, and Nicaragua.

Withdrawing from the Paris accord effectively cedes this leadership to other countries.

"More than anything else, they are suffering from our ignorance and our indifference", he said.

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Ige said the islands are seeing the impacts of climate change first-hand. Although U.S. government policy will be less stringent, economic forces such as historically low natural gas prices and steadily decreasing costs for renewable power could combine to continue a gradual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions even in the absence of a U.S. commitment to the Paris Accord. Small businesses in the clean energy sector say they expect demand for their services to keep growing. "The president has made America weaker and the world less safe". Particularly in the states west of the MS, where stateside climate policies are driven by forces well beyond the Paris Accord, the trend toward adoption and enforcement of new and often rigorous regulatory requirements will continue. "We have a responsibility to make every decision we can to reverse these effects", said Mayor Day. "The world can not wait - and neither will we".

Our firm will continue to focus on finding "clear paths", and mitigation opportunities in complex regulatory programs.

"We're not going to back off of this; it's too important", he said.

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