Published: Sat, November 26, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

NZ backs fast-tracking of Paris climate deal

Speaking with reporters and editors from the New York Times on Tuesday, the president-elect was asked whether he believes human activity is linked to climate change, according to tweets from the Times' Mike Grynbaum, who was present. This ideological U-turn follows a series of similar shifts of Trump's rhetoric after being elected.

The letter writers target a goal of the agreement, which aims for a limit globally to a temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.

The head of his Environmental Protection Agency transition team, Myron Ebell, has questioned the scientific evidence behind global warming. The climate negotiations in Marrakech had two major tasks: to set the ball rolling for the rule-making process, and to coalesce and account for all the efforts and measures being taken by companies, cities and regions to address climate change. During the campaign, he vowed to "cancel" the US's participation in the Paris climate agreement, stop all U.S. payments to United Nations programs aimed at fighting climate change and continued to cast serious doubt on the role man-made carbon dioxide emissions played in the planet's warming and associated impacts. Global warming is a near-perfect example of the tragedy of the commons, as it is a problem that no individual action, no single country can resolve on its own.

Kerry, who has led the Obama administration's charge on climate, has also talked about locking in certain aspects of the climate deal before Trump takes over, although attendees at the Marrakech summit say they have no idea what that means.

Since the election of Donald Trump as president, climate change has rushed to the front of the news because of Trump's pledges to wipe away major United States attempts to address it.

At a United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, that concluded last week, officials from around the globe warned that Trump could isolate the backing out the Paris accord. Stay tuned to Devex as we continue to examine the intersection of development and climate change - one of the biggest stories on the planet.

New Zealand ratified the Paris Agreement, agreed in December a year ago, on October 5. COP22 reaffirmed the world's commitment to act on climate change, now begins the hard part.

Then he noted that he also finds the climate issue interesting because "there are few things where there's more division than climate change".

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