UK's May urged to take tougher line against Trump on climate

UK's May urged to take tougher line against Trump on climate

Study co-author Erwan Monier, a lead researcher at the joint program, said that the school's climate researchers "certainly do not support the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris agreement".

"What we really need to see, if the president wants to re-enter the deal, is that he can change the agreement to recognise the role of all sources of energy, including coal", Sporton said, adding his group had outlined to administration officials the benefits of remaining in the agreement.

"There's no doubt that the road will be rocky - I've experienced that again and again since I entered politics", she said Friday. Stephanopoulos asked Conway, a reference Trump's repeated insistence that global warming is not scientifically proven despite reams of research that says otherwise.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) pushed back on Twitter, writing, "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future". Under Trump's budget, the United Nations stands to lose $2 billion in funding toward climate-change action programs by leaving the Paris Agreement.

What is striking about the reaction to the Trump decision is how many business leaders are talking about the economic opportunity that worldwide climate action brings, opportunities that U.S. could well miss out on.

"I don't think we're going to change our ongoing efforts to reduce those emissions in the future either", Tillerson said.

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"Climate change is real, and we must act now".

Condemnation of President Trump's decision came from within the United States as well as outside of it, with his predecessor, Barack Obama, who signed up to the deal alongside 194 other countries in 2015, disapproving of Mr Trump's choice.

While former secretary of state John Kerry said the "big mistake" was a "self-destructive step that puts our nation last".

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) group, representing almost one billion people in the 48 poorest countries in the world, expressed disappointment at the decision, but said global climate momentum will continue with or without the US.

US Vice-President Mike Pence stood by his boss, saying: "What the world witnessed was an American president putting America first". "We were hoping there would maybe be a last minute change of heart".

Climate issues are expected to dominate discussions between Keqiang, who is leading a large delegation of ministers to Brussels on Friday, and EU Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.