“I am not 100 percent confident that it is going to be a strong 19-party [pro-Paris agreement] signal”, Lutz Weischer, global climate policy leader at Germanwatch, an advocacy group, said on a Wednesday press call.
“Major developed countries have significantly backtracked positions on trade, climate change and other issues”, Xi said before a meeting with fellow BRIC leaders. This call comes after criticism of May’s feeble reaction to the news of the US’s withdrawal from the vital Paris agreement.
British Prime Minister Theresa May meanwhile said world leaders will redouble efforts to persuade Trump to rejoin the Paris deal.
Fossil fuels received four times more than clean energy in public financing from Group of 20 member countries, according to a report by environmental groups that urged more financing be directed to renewables to address climate change.
Protesters in Washington DC protest against Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord on June 2, 2017.
As world leaders head to Germany for the G-20 summit to consider a recommitment to fighting climate change among other things, there’s one potential naysayer that many have been anxious about: President Trump.
“In other countries, [the Paris agreement], it’s an aspiration when you make one of these commitments”.
Professor Vandenbergh explains that in the U.S. the decision of which source of energy is used, is in the hands of the utility companies rather than the government, and they have already made long-term decisions which are not going to change because of Trump’s new policies. Delivering a statement from the White House rose garden, the president announced that the USA was “getting out”. For Putin, his continued support for Paris is now a bargaining chip with which to secure other favors.
“It’s hard to grasp the mortal danger that climate change represents”, Brown said in an interview with The Times. Angela Merkel’s husband Joachim Sauer is reportedly giving Ivanka Trump and first lady Melania Trump a tour of the German Climate Computing Center, which has been modelling climate data for decades.
Morgan said there was absolutely no evidence that Trump wanted to lower emissions.
The prime minister earlier met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who agreed to work on finalising an economic partnership agreement by the end of 2017.
May was criticised at the time for not signing a letter sent by several European governments condemning the move – though she insisted she had discussed it with him directly. It is now scheduled to begin February 5, 2018.