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Trump's decision will impact PNG: Polye

11 June 2017

Last week, President Trump went against the grain of all the free world when he made the decision to remove the United States from the Paris Accord; an agreement regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

Criticism towards President Trump's decision has also come from mayors across America.

Separately, the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - the worldwide environmental treaty under whose auspices the Paris Agreement was negotiated and agreed - expressed "regret" at the announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the accord.

"China will continue to uphold its commitments to the Paris climate agreement".

"In spite of the disappointing news from the USA, we are confident that the high level of global support for action to address climate change means that efforts to manage these risks will continue".

According to Politico's "Playbook", a rundown of news and notes in Washington, one source claimed they overheard Trump at his golf course in Virginia showing doubt about the legitimacy of climate science.

And it declared it will pursue climate goals "in the absence of leadership by Washington", adding "it is local and state governments, along with businesses, that are primarily responsible for the dramatic decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in recent years".

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So, it mirrors the same reason President Trump has raised.

With the Paris deal, the 195 signatory countries (now 194) hoped to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial averages.

And today, the USA is the second biggest carbon emitter after China.

In announcing the decision, Trump delivered a fact-challenged speech that relied heavily upon studies paid for by supporters of the fossil-fuel industry. The agreement's already vague and unenforceable requirements for developed countries are even more diluted for lower income countries. As the world's second biggest polluter, the USA must accept the agreement and help it to achieve its major purposes. The world can thrive without the US. According to the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) representing 48 of the less-developing countries, the effective implementation of the Paris Accord would be a turning point to their survival.

"The impacts of climate change may cause instability in other countries by impairing access to food and water, damaging infrastructure, spreading disease, uprooting and displacing large numbers of people, compelling mass migration, interrupting commercial activity, or restricting electricity availability", the Pentagon said.

None have sought a greater reduction than global economic heavyweight California, however, which is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent relative to 1990 levels by 2030 under a previously established climate goal.