“We understand that some officials inside your Administration want to remain in the Paris Agreement to keep a seat at the table so that the USA continues to have a voice in future discussions”.
States can do a great deal to mitigate climate change and pollution, as shown by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative over the last decade-plus. The decision sparked speculation on possible negative effects it may bring for America’s worldwide and economical stature and the environment.
“This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States”, he said at the time.
Recently, Cllr David Smith, portfolio holder for planning and environment, said he was “extremely disappointed” Mr Trump had made a decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, adding the council would “continue with their commitment to reduce carbon emissions in this town”.
He said the US leader has asked to look at possibly reversing agreements on some protected areas, “and that would be a disaster”.
Countries that pledge to be green could move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, said Gabriel Chan, assistant professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
The Paris Agreement on climate change, created by the consensus of 197 nations, went into effect in November 2016 and has enormous implications for the practice of landscape architecture.
“They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don’t have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it’s manifested completely”, he added.
Ellen Anderson, executive director of the University’s Energy Transition Lab, said the movement to a “clean energy economy” is an economic opportunity for the countries dedicated to it. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. The U.S., Russian Federation and China are part of the agreement which covers an area about twice the size of Texas.
Still, the decision was yet another sign the Trump administration is dismissive of science and uninterested in America’s role as a leader on the global stage.
The Trump administration removed numerous references to climate change from the White House website in January.
Tracy Twine, associate professor in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate, has done research showing how climate change could hurt future corn yields. They’re all we have now, and they may make a real dent in the problem.