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Kerry ‘confident’ US climate trend cannot ‘be reversed’

MARRAKESH: A week after climate-change denier Donald Trump's election to the White House, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he was "confident" Washington's climate commitments cannot be reversed "regardless of what policy may be chosen". The United States is on its way to meeting its targets under a global climate rescue pact, and "I do not believe that that can or will be reversed," he said to applause at a UN climate meeting in Marrakesh. Market forces, not politics, will dictate the world's energy…

US climate pledges likely to go unmet: study

MARRAKESH: The United States will likely fail to meet its pledges under the landmark Paris climate pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, analysts said Thursday on the margin of UN climate talks. Even if president-elect Donald Trump does not reverse policies already put in place by Barack Obama -- and that is a big 'if' -- US emissions of heat-trapping gases would remain stable over the next 15 years, badly missing the target, the experts said in a report. "With no additional policies, emissions in the US will be…

Paris Climate Agreement goes live, turning up heat at UN talks

PARIS: Just days after the landmark Paris climate pact comes into force on Friday, diplomats from 196 nations gathering in Marrakesh will face intense pressure to translate its planet-saving promise into action. The agreement "will now be the instrument on which our future depends," said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. That's a daunting responsibility, even if the UN talks are still riding the political momentum that carried the deal -- decades in the making -- across the ratification finish line in record…