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Trump’s decision deals death blow to Paris Agreement, feels CSE

Trump’s decision deals death blow to Paris Agreement, feels CSE

India Blooms News Service | | 02 Jun 2017, 08:42 am
New Delhi, June 2 (IBNS): With the US president Donald Trump’s latest assault on the global fight against climate change, meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement will become an uphill task, feels Centre for Science and Environment.

"Trump has sounded the death knell for the Agreement," said Sunita Narain, director general of the New Delhi-based non-governmental organisation, Centre for Science and Environment, responding to the US withdrawal from the Paris Accord.


The objective of the Paris Agreement is to prevent an increase in the global average temperature, and keep it well below 2°C.

The Agreement, considered a landmark move forward, was adopted on Dec 12, 2015 by 195 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), replacing its predecessor Kyoto Protocol.

The Agreement was finally ratified on Nov 4, 2016.

Said Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general, CSE: “The USA is not only the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, but also one the major current emitters. Without the active and ambitious contribution from the US, any action to combat climate change under the Paris Agreement will be insufficient by a huge margin.

He added: “Even if other countries, including the developing countries, raise their ambition, they would not be able to fill in the void left by the US. It is, therefore, not sufficient to shift the burden of addressing climate change to other countries -- including China and India.

This is not the first time that US is opting out of an international climate agreement. It pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol saying that emerging economies do not have quantified emission targets; now it has pulled out of the Paris Agreement calling it unfair.

“Climate change is a global challenge. The US cannot continue to keep the world hostage. Pulling out of the Paris Agreement would mean that with 5 per cent of the world population, the US will continue to jeopardise the remaining 95 per cent. Countries need to hold the US accountable for decisions that have a global impact,” said Narain.

Trump’s decision has come at a time when there has been an alarming increase in both the frequency and magnitude of climate-related impacts across the globe, calling for more concerted efforts to address climate change. “The future of the climate change regime has been shackled with this announcement. We are already on the path to a dangerous temperature rise of even up to 3 degrees Centigrade. The only foreseeable future course would be for the remaining countries to come together to modify the Paris Agreement to make it effective,” said Bhushan.

 

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