Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US pulling out of Paris climate accord 'shocking': Rajnath

US pulling out of Paris climate accord 'shocking': Rajnath

There are rumblings in the United States and India following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark climate change agreement last week.

"As the federal government turns its back on the environment, NY and states across the country are picking up the mantle of climate leadership and showing the world it's possible to address climate change while also creating good-paying careers", said NY governor Andrew Cuomo.

The BBC's Ed Butler has been looking at Florida's climate problem and the threat it poses to one of America's richest property markets.

Trump placed United States in the league with two other nations - Syria and Nicaragua - who have not signed onto the deal agreed by over 190 other nations.

In the case of climate change, the pie is the atmosphere's capacity to absorb our emissions without triggering catastrophic change to our planet's climate.

Several business leaders including managers of multi-billion dollar pension funds, the CEO of Shell, and former Exxon Mobil CEO and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had urged Mr Trump to stay in the Paris accord.

The U.S. has a particular responsibility to take the lead on climate change, since by any measure we've been the biggest carbon polluter in world history.

It signals that America's hard-fought progress on climate issues won't be so easily dismantled just because climate deniers and fossil fuel industry allies hold the top seats in the U.S. government, observers said.

This means India's emissions will continue to grow - but at a slower rate.

Oliver pointed out that the major goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep CO2 below what is known as the world's "carbon budget" because if we fail to limit the temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius, studies show that things get potentially irreversible - leading to longer droughts and more intense heat waves that would affect the world food supply. "The President's decision to withdraw the nation from the agreement only strengthens our commitment and makes the work of states more important".

The United States had set a target for reducing emissions by 2025 at 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels - or about 1.6 billion tons of annual emissions. Mayors from cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Atlanta and Houston also signed the document, as did governors and university presidents.

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