June 23, 2017

Paris climate pact needed for sake of Mother Earth, Merkel says

03 June 2017, 02:58 | Grady King

Trump tweets against Germany, escalating row after tense summits

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Donald Trump attend the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7 at the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina Sicily on May 26

BHP, the world's largest miner, said on Friday it was disappointed the United States had chose to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, but it did not affect its support for the deal and other countries should stay in.

"Climate change and what we need to do there can create jobs, not take them away". Tim Cook said as much on Thursday in a tweet and company-wide memo after Trump made the withdrawal official.

That's according to figures from the Seoul-based fund, meant to channel money to help poor countries fight and handle climate change.

It's an important worldwide agreement on climate change.

USA taxpayers aren't the only ones pitching in to a global fund to help poor countries cope with rising seas and fight climate change.

Theresa May has insisted the United Kingdom is committed to the Paris Agreement on climate change as she faced criticism over her response to U.S. withdrawal from the deal.

Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs's chief executive Lloyd Blankfein, in his first tweet ever, blasted Trump's decision as "a setback" for USA leadership in the world. "As the former President of a clean energy company, I know how important these advancements are to our economy and to reversing our unsafe environmental course", Mr Krishnamoorthi said.

Rosie Perez tweeted, "Wish you could make #Trump reverse his insane/troubling decision to pull out of #ParisAgreement #climatechange".

"I am also convinced that the United States government will eventually rejoin our struggle because the scientific evidence of man-made climate change is well understood", he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Trump to express his disappointment, but said he was inspired by "the growing momentum around the world to combat climate change and transition to clean growth economies".

But she faced fierce criticism for failing to add her name to the joint statement by President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Both China and the European Union are sending the world a clear signal that there can be "no backsliding" on the Paris climate pact, Juncker said Friday as he opened trade and climate talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Brussels.

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair". "NY shines green for our planet, our health and our children's future".

Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately responded to Trump's decision by doubling down on New York City's commitment to fighting global warming. That includes carbon dioxide generated from burning fossil fuels blamed for a warming planet, rising sea levels, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

European leaders have pledged to keep fighting against global warming as widespread condemnation met Mr Trump's announcement he was pulling the United States out of the landmark deal.

In New York, some major buildings, like the World Trade Center and City Hall, were lit green in solidarity with the climate agreement, echoing a move in Paris.

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