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UN climate envoys agree on way forward, despite Trump

BONN: Negotiations to bolster the climate-saving Paris Agreement, crafted over two decades, closed in Bonn on Saturday, deflated but not derailed by Donald Trump's rejection of the treaty and defence of fossil fuels. The US President's decision to yank the United States from the hard-fought global pact cast a long shadow over the talks, which ran deep into overtime. Negotiations were marked by revived divisions between developing countries and rich ones. With a wary eye on America, which sent negotiators to a forum it…

Trump pullout from climate pact means even hotter world: study

BONN: US President Donald Trump's pullout from the Paris Agreement will push up global temperatures nearly half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, according to a report released on Wednesday at UN climate talks in Bonn. If all countries -- including the United States -- honour carbon-cutting pledges under the 196-nation treaty, the world would see 2.8 C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) research group had previously calculated. That is not nearly good enough…

Climate activists march to keep coal in ground

BONN: Several thousand demonstrators converged on Bonn on Saturday ahead of UN climate negotiations demanding that governments step up action to halt global warming, starting with a rapid phase-out of coal-burning power plants. Decked out in red to signify their "Stop Coal" campaign, the protesters chanted and beat drums as they snaked through the former West Germany capital toward the UN centre that will host the 12-day, 196-nation talks, tasked with implementing the landmark Paris Agreement. Inked outside the French…

France’s Macron at UN defends Iran, climate deals

UNITED NATIONS: French President Emmanuel Macron stood firm on Tuesday that landmark agreements on Iran and climate change would not change as he gently nudged Donald Trump to return to the fold. Macron, like Trump appearing for the first time at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders, met his US counterpart on Monday for their latest meeting -- which appeared to be friendly but did not bridge differences. Trump devoted much of his own address at the General Assembly to denouncing Iran, calling the…

Trump on ‘wrong side of history’ over climate: ex-UN chief

MADRID: US President Donald Trump is "standing on the wrong side of history" after pulling out from the Paris climate accord, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. "Climate change is like a fever" that must be fought, he told a conference in Madrid, saying he was deeply concerned about the US withdrawal. "I think President Trump is standing on the wrong side of history." Trump announced on June 1 that the US would not abide by the 2015 Paris agreement, signed by 195 countries to reduce carbon…

US backsliding on Paris deal a gift for China

BEIJING: The US exit from the Paris climate pact is a gift to China's ambitions to become world leader on everything from trade to global warming, despite its own mixed record. 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. "We also hear that our actions and leading role are applauded by the international community," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Friday. The…

Obama slams Trump for exiting Paris climate deal

WASHINGTON: Barack Obama slammed his successor President Donald Trump on Thursday for pulling out of the Paris climate deal, warning that the move would see the United States "reject the future." "The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created," Obama warned in a statement. "Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I'm confident that our states, cities, and…

Trump pulls US out of Paris climate change accord

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump declared Thursday that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord and try to negotiate a new global deal on climate change.  "I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve America's interests," the president declared in an address in the White House Rose Garden watched anxiously by leaders around the world. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he said. "As of today, the United States will cease all implementation…

Climate: What is the Paris Agreement?

PARIS: On December 12, 2015, 195 countries gathered in the French capital to conclude the first truly universal climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, aimed at preventing the worst-case scenarios of global warming. President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States was withdrawing from the pact, which took nearly two decades of often-acrimonious haggling to conclude. The Palestinian authorities have since also signed the agreement, which has now been officially ratified by 147 parties and entered into force…

Trump to announce withdrawal from Paris climate deal: US official

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump will on Thursday announce plans to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a US official told AFP, signalling a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and America's ties with its allies. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said that Trump will confirm America's "withdrawal" during a statement in the White House Rose Garden set to begin at 1900 GMT. Trump is set to argue that the agreement is a bad deal for Americans. The White House has told allies it was…