Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Zealand passes law aimed at combating climate change

New Zealand passes law aimed at combating climate change

"I deeply regret this decision, which, no matter how it was announced, is no less worrying", she wrote.

Agreement rules prevented any country from pulling out in the first three years after the November 4, 2016, ratification.

This week, the President made official his promise to remove the USA from the global initiative to reduce carbon emissions by year 2025, when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially notified the United Nations that the U.S. will withdraw.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, an ideological ally of Trump, has belittled environmentalists but has held off on threats to withdraw from the Paris accord, with the European Union requiring adherence as a condition for a major trade deal. In that single act, the president is making it all the more hard for the world to curtail emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases that are already melting glaciers and polar ice, raising the levels of the seas, fueling larger and stronger hurricanes and other devastating storms, exacerbating - paradoxically - both droughts and floods and making areas of the earth uninhabitable for human life.

Climate change, largely caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas, has already warmed the world by 1.8 degrees (1 degree Celsius) since the late 1800s, caused massive melting of ice globally, triggered weather extremes and changed ocean chemistry.

In a letter sent to President Trump on April 26, 2017, 16 companies, including Apple, DuPont, General Mills, Google, Intel, and Walmart, among others, pleaded their case for why the US should remain in the agreement.

Trump's decision was condemned as a reckless failure of leadership by environmental experts, activists and critics such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Undeniably it is warming, ' she said. "It would be quintessentially unfair to the American people and the American workers".

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The study, published this week in the journal PNAS, is the first to calculate the effects of projected post-Paris Agreement emissions on sea level rise. "In fact, the agreement obligates no country to make any financial payments".

"When a governor joins his or her state to the alliance, they make three commitments, one of which is that they will collectively meet their share of the US emission reduction contribution to the Paris agreement", said Julie Cerqueira, the alliance's executive director.

Pompeo said greenhouse gas emissions dropped 13% from 2005 to 2017 "even as our economy grew over 19 percent". China has said it will lower carbon intensity and peak emissions by about 2030.

And Nathaniel Keohane, EDF Senior Vice President, Climate, said this week that the landmark Paris Agreement was a good deal for the United States and the climate the day it was signed, and it remains a good deal for the United States and the climate.

We must do more.

'We've led the world before in nuclear disarmament and in votes for women, now we are leading again, ' he said.

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