The United States announces its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. WWF is calling on the Trump administration to reconsider its decision and says the US must commit to reducing carbon pollution and preparing communities for the effects of climate change. In December 2019, the European Council endorsed the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris commitments. Man-made global warming will have an impact on humans, wildlife and habitat. We need to come together and reduce emissions immediately and aggressively to save the earth as we know it. Recent reports by international climate scientists and the U.S. federal government have highlighted the serious risks of inaction. The difference between exceeding 1.5°C (2.7°F) of warming and reaching or exceeding 2°C (3.6°F) is strong; The risk of heat waves, floods, ice-free Arctic summers and habitat loss and more increases with every moment we don`t act. Ending the climate crisis is essential to our collective well-being, but no single country can stop the damage. The Paris Agreement is unprecedented in the near unanimity of the nations it has convened on this issue and is the best way to ensure the global cooperation needed to combat climate change.
Although the Paris Agreement has entered into force, its implementation still needs to be clarified by numerous implementing decisions. These are marked by the publication of each part of its long-term climate strategy. The presentation of the climate plan by Nicolas Hulot, then Minister of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, in July 2017, therefore ensured the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the national level. The objective of the agreement is to reduce global warming described in Article 2, “Improving Implementation” of the UNFCCC by: The Paris Agreement marks the culmination of a positive momentum that began in Durban (COP17) in 2011 and favours innovative approaches inspired by each country`s experience. It will also allow the parties to gradually increase their contribution to the fight against climate change in order to achieve the long-term objectives of the agreement. President Trump is withdrawing us from the Paris climate agreement. The Environment Council adopted conclusions outing the EU`s position ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris. Ministers agreed that the EU would strive to reach a legally binding and dynamic agreement to keep global warming below 2°C.
As soon as the European Parliament has given its green light, the closure decision will be formally adopted by the Council. The EU will then be able to ratify the agreement. Today, that future could be threatened, as President Donald Trump prepares to withdraw the United States from the deal — a step he can only legally take after the next presidential election — as part of a larger effort to reduce America`s decades-old environmental policy. Fortunately, instead of giving up the fight, city, state, business and citizen leaders around the world are stepping up efforts to advance the clean energy advances needed to achieve the goals of the agreement and curb dangerous climate change – with or without the Trump administration.