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Published: Wed, November 23, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Vulnerable countries pledge to go all-renewables, with help


"Not one single country has said if Trump pulls the USA out of Paris, they will join him in leaving - not one".

The Obama administration pledged during the Paris negotiations to reduce USA emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. "However, there are concerns about who will finance the implementation if the U.S. pulls out as well as questions around the validity of methodologies proposed for assessing country compliance with the agreement". "Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented and rate and we have an urgent duty to respond", it states.

"In the Marrakech Action Proclamation, for our climate and sustainable development", State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), affirmed their "commitment" to the "full implementation" of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris pact sets the goal of limiting average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels. He has also referred to climate change as a "hoax" perpetrated by China to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

President-elect Donald Trump is "isolated" when it comes to fight the growing issue of global warming as the rest of the world is committed to limit the use of fossil fuels and switch to clean energy, experts say.

Paul Bledsoe, a former Clinton White House climate adviser, said clean energy and efficiency investments by US businesses and consumers are likely to keep American emissions falling overall. Scientists have questioned what a refusal of the Paris Agreement would mean for the environment, and have expressed concern over Trump's signaling that he will place climate change deniers in top White House positions. The prime minister of Fiji, which will preside over the talks next year, invited Trump to the island country to see the effects of climate change firsthand.

The US has pledged $3 billion to a $100-billion Green Climate Fund. "Not a lot of new money has been put on the table", Meyer said.

Even the President of the Conference (COP22) Salaheddine Mezouar noted the issue of climate finance which has become a bone of contention between developed and developing countries.

"We count on your pragmatism and your spirit of commitment", he said when asked if he had a message for Trump.

"The chances of the rest of the world contributing the emissions reductions commitments that the U.S. is required to undertake, or covering the shortfall in climate finance", are slim, said analyst Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid.

This can be termed as one of the main outcomes of the ongoing crucial summit on climate change. Jerry Brown has said that Californians will "continue to confront the existential threat of our time - devastating climate change".

"Ontario will continue to lead and move forward because our future depends on the choices we make today".

President-elect Donald Trump has said during his campaign that he plans to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement, as well as withdraw all US funding from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

More than 190 countries, including the United States, pledged to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions blamed for rising temperatures and sea levels, worsening droughts and heat waves. Several of them - including Germany, Canada and Mexico - joined the U.S.in presenting strategies for how their countries can dramatically reduce emissions by 2050.

Speaking of agriculture, to which the negotiations could remained inconclusive during COP22, as developing nations had their reservation concerning food security, Molewa said that parties have agreed to draft and redraft the unified text. Governments meeting for United Nations climate talks have reiterated their commitment to the Paris Agreement with a proclamation saying climate action is "irreversible", the buzzword at the two-week conference after the uncertainty caused by the USA election.

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