UN’s Ban Ki-moon confident Trump will not undo Paris climate deal


On the basis of Trump’s statements during the Presidential electoral campaign, as well as a result of his nominee dealing with environmental matters in the Presidential transition team, there will most probably be a shutting down of the Environmental Protection Agency and a huge bonfire of environmental regulations in Washington, sometime after January 2017.

The extraordinary speed at which the Paris accord was enacted into law was driven in part by concerns among world leaders that Trump, if elected, could prevent the US from participating.

But officials concede that given America’s position as one of the largest emitters of earth-warming greenhouse gases, contributing about one-fourth of annual global emissions, any global climate agreement without U.S. participation will remain hollow.

Since Donald Trump was elected, governments all over the world from China to smaller island nations have reaffirmed their commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement at ongoing climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco. But, there is more to be done to fully realise the global business potential to contribute to putting the world on track towards the Paris goal of limiting the global average temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius.

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“It will create serious problems if anybody wants to undo it, or unravel all this process”.

Ahead of the election senior Chinese officials argued Trump would struggle to resist global trends in favour of clean technologies and following his victory the country has sent a clear signal that it has no intention of watering down its own climate action plans.

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“The effects of climate change are more visible and harsh than ever”, Mr Wyns said.

He described the outcome as “quite a surprise'”.

The Paris agreement was reached by nearly 200 nations in December and, as of Saturday, has been formally ratified by 109 representing 76% of greenhouse gas emissions, including the United States with 18%.

“I am not much anxious, much concerned about what has been talked (about) during the electoral process”, he said.

She is also expected to attend a luncheon hosted by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. NASA runs whole fleets of satellites and aircraft for climate research, but some who follow the issue closely speculate the Trump administration could slash Earth science funds.

Asked about the uncertainties raised by the United States presidential election, Mr. Mezouar said that the participants of the Marrakech Conference remained “confident” and that it was necessary “to stay the course” and “keep this extraordinary momentum”.

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