Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Singapore reaffirms commitment to Paris climate agreement after United States pullout

China and the European Union will show unity in fighting global warming at a summit in Brussels on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from an worldwide climate pact.

According to Trump, apparently citing the MAGICC/SCENGEN climate model, the most climate activists could hope to gain from America's dearly bought reductions in carbon dioxide emissions is 0.2 degrees Celsius less warming over the rest of the century.

Merkel says Germany and others "will combine our forces more resolutely than ever ... to address and tackle big challenges for humanity such as climate change".

Peduto is one of several USA mayors who have committed to enforce the tenets of the Paris accord, despite Trump's decision to join Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not party to the agreement.

In New Delhi, officials and diplomats kept a close tab on Trump's latest announcement to understand its ramifications in India.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was furious at the line President Donald Trump said during his speech Thursday pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement. They also encouraged "all our partners to speed up their action to combat climate change".

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, said his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States and the global climate would "survive" Trump's maximum presidential term of eight years.

As indicated in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), Singapore aims to reduce its emissions Intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and stabilise its emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030.

"By unilaterally pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, President Trump is setting our planet on a catastrophic course", she said in a statement.

Trump's decision is likely to play well with the Republican base, so the more immediate damage may be on the diplomatic front.

The decision has no direct impact on key US regulations on power plants and auto rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions, although those are under review by Trump. "If we can, great". Amid Trump's domestic critics was Obama, who said the United States was "joining a handful of nations that reject the future". When asked if he will side with the United States or the other nations in the Paris deal, he said, "It is not a question of which way I go".

Writing on The Spinoff, Prof Renwick said he hoped next week's visit from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would include a clear message from NZ leaders that the abandonment of the agreement was a "grave failure of US leadership on the global stage". He said American withdrawal "represents a reassertion of American sovereignty". But traditional United States allies were uncharacteristically blunt in their condemnation of Trump's decision, which comes amid already strained relationships with the hard-charging new president.

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