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Jerry Brown Heads To China For Climate Change Talks

Jerry Brown Heads To China For Climate Change Talks

French President Emmanuel Macron has responded to the USA decision to withdraw from the global climate accord with a new version of Donald Trump's campaign slogan "make America great again".

Paris bathed its City Hall in green lights and French President Emmanuel Macron made a forceful speech - in English.

The dismay from Asia carried additional sting as nations such as China and India - once scorned as runaway polluters - now portray themselves as responsible global citizens and leaders in trying to limit climate change. And it's clear that the problem remains as urgent as ever.

Scientists blame man-made climate change for rising seas and increasing extreme weather.

National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn dismissed concerns about potential economic fallout from the climate deal withdrawal, such as the potential of other countries slapping tariffs on American manufacturers. Hence the convergence with European Union on climate change and clean development.

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Almost 200 countries have ratified the Paris agreement.

"A friend of mine likes to say that a thermometer is neither a Republican nor a Democrat", said Webb, who traveled to Paris for the signing of the accord in 2015 to raise awareness among the public that many evangelical Christians are concerned about climate change. The agreement isn't flawless, but in many ways its main flaw is that it doesn't demand that countries take strong enough action soon enough to avoid unsafe climate effects. "I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack". That means the U.S. can not officially begin the process of leaving the agreement until November 2019.

Barbara Hendricks told reporters in Berlin that other countries will fill the leadership vacuum left by the United States but none will be expected to make up the shortfall in emissions reductions caused by Washington's exit.

IBM released a statement that it will continue to "reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and will continue to help our clients do so as well".

Foreign investment opportunities, he said, were far different from when China first opened up.

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These forms of action are important - but they won't be enough.

Second, states should use regulations to promote clean energy and, where possible, invest in it. China plans to spend more than $360 billion on renewable energy by 2020, which it says will create at least 13 million new jobs. They aren't likely to change course. In the wake of the president's announcement withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, California announced it would explore linking its nascent carbon market to China's much larger one.

Smaller states also aim to lead by example.

In the wake of Trump's withdrawal, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced they'd joined more than 85 other mayors in a special climate coalition.

California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China Friday for a week-long trip focused on climate change. As recently as 2008, Democratic then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican former Speaker Newt Gingrich sat side-by-side and declared that "our country must take action to address climate change".

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It is a dramatic development that has helped halt the rise of global Carbon dioxide emissions for the first time since a global climate change treaty was first signed nearly three decades ago, the environmental advocacy group said. "We're going to look very carefully", he added.

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