Leaving climate accord puts United States behind -- Ned Grossnickle

"With the Trump Administration's inexcusable withdrawal from the Paris agreement, it is imperative that towns and cities take the lead on climate action", Lempert said in a statement this week. "From automotive companies that have led the way in electric cars and low-emission vehicles to innovative renewable fuel companies, MI has emerged as an engine that can drive the world forward in addressing climate change". The move aims to keep Hawaii in line with the targets set by the Paris agreement, a comprehensive climate agreement signed by 174 countries and the European Union that pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming "well below 2 degrees Celcius" [3.6 degrees Fahrenheit].

"So there might still be hope", he said.

Ige said Hawaii's status as the lone island state makes it particularly prone to the effects of climate change.

"While we all have to think globally, we must act locally", he says. The 250-foot ship with six laboratories has technology to prevent any waste entering the sea or the atmosphere. This is an issue that impacts all of us, and our company was an early and emphatic supporter of the Paris climate agreement. In the immediate aftermath of Trump's announcement, Garcetti and 60 of the 88 members of the group pledged to uphold the agreement, but the group has now grown to 289 members, and 279 have signed the pledge, Garcetti's office said.

"In an opinion piece written after President Trump's recent announcement that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, Nobel Prize victor Joseph Stiglitz wrote, "... the rest of the world can not let a rogue US destroy the planet".

"It is also out of step with what is happening in the United States", added the letter, signed by Google, Dropbox, Acer, Adidas, Eagle Creek, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks and others. "Unchecked climate change is a global health crisis that threatens to reverse decades of health gains worldwide, with serious consequences for our children and generations to come". That clean tech sector is booming. In the plans submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), India had also vowed that 40 per cent of its total electricity needs would be obtained from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030. It is cheaper than coal, and will reduce emissions.

The Trump administration may be trying to move us backward, forfeiting leadership for USA policy and businesses when it comes to clean energy innovation. It's already clear that Trump's decision will not sabotage this deal either. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said, "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement can not be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies".

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