S'pore joins others in reaffirming commitment to Paris Agreement

A majority of Americans in every state, or 69 percent of USA voters, believe the United States should participate in the agreement, according to a recent opinion poll carried out by Yale University's program on climate change communication.

Beijing appeared well aware of the opening that it was given as it vowed to uphold the deal to cut carbon emissions after President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

He said he would notify the U.N. Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that us cities, states, businesses and others will aim to meet the United States' commitment to reducing emissions 26 percent below the 2005 levels by 2025.

But the 2015 Paris Agreement is different. Dunedin has already stopped investing in fossil fuels and has set its own targets to reduce emissions.

He said the USA decision to leave the Paris Agreement was a "big mistake", bigger than its failure to ratify the previous worldwide climate deal, the Kyoto Protocol, because the new agreement - which covers all countries - was fairer. The Regent Theatre is also separately supporting the stand, the well-known building will also be bathed in green light at night.

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Some allies pointedly refrained from criticism, however, and Russian President Vladimir Putin even joked that Trump's move made him a convenient scapegoat for any bad weather.

France, Italy, and Germany have said they "will step up efforts to support developing countries, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable, in achieving their mitigation and adaptation goals". The ACLU is calling it an "assault on communities of color", for some reason, and environmental activist Tom Steyer says it's a "traitorous act of war against the American people".

Macron said the Paris climate pact is irreversible despite Trump's decision to withdraw from it.

"If we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage - a unsafe world", Macron said. The decision dismays many people around the world, to be sure, just as other American decisions have dismayed numerous same people over the years.

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"In fact, global warming is occurring, that human activity is contributing to it in some manner".

"It doesn't mean that we're not going to continue the discussion to export our innovation, to export our technology to the rest of the world, to demonstrate how we do it better here".

Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the world's average temperature has risen by about 0.8C since 1880, two-thirds of that since 1975.

Foreign affairs minister and anticipated chancellor candidate Sebastian Kurz meanwhile called the decision "irresponsible", but said it is "clear that the historic Paris breakthrough can no longer be reversed".

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