Marty Walsh vows Boston 'will not retreat' on climate change

A swarm of birds flies past wind turbines just before sunrise in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany.

Trump is expected to pull his country out of a global pact to fight climate change known as the Paris Climate Agreement, a move that would have profound effects on the planet and deepen a rift with American allies.

The 2015 Paris Agreement, from which Donald Trump is considering withdrawing the United States, was the first pact to commit all nations to limiting global warming caused by emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. A withdrawal by the USA would be disappointing but the European Union stands ready to take global leadership on the issue, European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic said in Brussels.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the White House on Tuesday to urge Trump to remain in the deal, according to Bloomberg.

The Paris accord was agreed upon by 197 countries and so far has been ratified by 147 parties, which includes the European Union.

Taking a jibe at Trump's "fake news" rant, Juncker said, "The law is the law, and everyone has to comply with it".

Juncker said: "If the US president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".

Elon Musk, CEO of electric carmaker Tesla and aerospace company SpaceX, tweeted that he would leave two White House advisory councils if Trump went ahead with this threat to leave the Paris accord. "Even if we were to withdraw from Paris, we wouldn't see a resurgence of coal jobs".

CBS News confirmed that Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

As China emerges as Europe's unlikely global partner on areas from free trade to security, Premier Li Keqiang will meet top European Union officials at a summit in Brussels that will also discuss North Korea's missile tests and global steel overcapacity.

But officials cautioned that details were still being finalized. Li and a major Chinese delegation are due to arrive in Brussels late Thursday following talks in Berlin.

But Paul D. Craney, executive director of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, said of Walsh's climate change agenda, "The mayor should really consider what's the best use of his limited city funds to deal with global climate change prevention".

I'm going to leave this post with two reasons for optimism, which isn't generally how I finish off my climate change posts, but bear with me. If they don't we have to increase the level of ambition. "Stepping up action will provide both sides with significant opportunities". "We have got the talent and the will to make this possible in all sectors".

Trump has slammed the global agreement as bad for U.S.jobs despite its widespread support from corporate America.

Carbon dioxide stays in the air for 100 years, and about one-fifth of what has accumulated in the atmosphere came from the US, more than any other country.

Supporters of the climate pact are concerned that a USA exit could lead other nations to weaken their commitments or also withdraw, softening an accord that scientists have said is critical to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which USA allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a US withdrawal.

  • Jon Douglas