AIA "deplores the administration's shortsighted decision" on Paris Climate Agreement exit

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Israel, the United States and 200 other nations signed the 2015 Paris climate accord with a vow to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

Keeping up the pressure for the kinds of economic change necessary to stave off the worse effects of planetary warming will be much harder without the world's superpower.

Although Trump had announced his decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement on climate change on June 1, 2017, the process began on Monday with the formal notification and the U.S. will be out of the pact on November 4, 2020.

They agreed to do so as part of the Paris Agreement in large part because the United States was taking action.

While the emissions restrictions stipulated in the treaty are far from sufficient, the agreement nonetheless serves as an initial and crucial framework which brings together the world's nations in an effort to jointly tackle the climate emergency and our planet's ecological collapse. Since then, officials of the Holy See have reiterated its view that climate change is a moral issue and has an effect on human dignity. It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

"The scientific data at our disposal clearly show the urgent need for swift action, within a context of ethics, equity and social justice", Parolin said.

"When a governor joins his or her state to the alliance, they make three commitments, one of which is that they will collectively meet their share of the US emission reduction contribution to the Paris agreement", said Julie Cerqueira, the alliance's executive director.

Trump has said the agreement was unfair to the US and its economy, and though he talked about renegotiating the agreement when he announced his intentions to pull out in 2017, there does not seem to be a negotiation process planned. In that single act, the president is making it all the more hard for the world to curtail emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases that are already melting glaciers and polar ice, raising the levels of the seas, fueling larger and stronger hurricanes and other devastating storms, exacerbating - paradoxically - both droughts and floods and making areas of the earth uninhabitable for human life.

Commenting on the administration's decision to leave the agreement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo iterated that abiding by the treaty's emission reduction standards would inflict an enormous damage on the American economy. The U.S. withdrawal just become complete until the day after the 2020 election. Each country provided goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

"The U.S. approach incorporates the reality of the global energy mix and uses all energy sources and technologies cleanly and efficiently, including fossils fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy", said Pompeo.

According to a statement issued by the AIA, America risks abdicating its leadership role on climate action by abandoning the global climate cooperation pact.

Raquel Martin reports the withdrawal process will take time, and environmentalists say the U.S. still has a chance to change course to avoid the impacts of climate change.

CRS noted that in Bangladesh, rising sea levels are encroaching on water tables and coastal homes. Undeniably it is warming.

According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 are the four warmest years in recorded history, with 2019 projected to be in the top three.

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