The 26th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2020. The pre-COP will take place in Milan, Italy.
Trump has decided: the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, national media report
Secondo la stampa americana, Donald Trump avrebbe già informato i suoi collaboratori della decisione di abbandonare l’Accordo di Parigi.
Update 1 June 9:00 – News reports apparently pushed Donald Trump to speed things up. Yesterday, President Trump said that he will announce his decision on the Paris Agreement “over the next few days”, but then announced he will be holding a press conference today at 3:00 P.M. local time.
I will be announcing my decision on Paris Accord, Thursday at 3:00 P.M. The White House Rose Garden. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1 giugno 2017
After months of contradictory declarations, US President Donald Trump has reportedly made his decision: the United States will abandon the Paris Agreement. Trump communicated the decision known to his closest staff members, according to US media.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) 31 maggio 2017
Broadcaster CBS News reports that the details haven’t yet been defined, but the path has been set. Also, from a legal and technical point of view, the United States’ withdrawal from the climate deal would be handled by a group of people close to the President, including the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, who is a supporter of fossil fuels and a climate change sceptic.
A harsh blow for the Paris Agreement
In operational terms, the United States won’t be able to abandon the Paris Agreement immediately: in fact, the accord doesn’t allow governments to submit a request to exit it prior to three years since it has entered into force. But it is equally clear that the US administration may decide to not carry out the commitments made in terms of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The accord, in fact, is based on a policy of consensus-building and doesn’t foresee any sanctions for countries who don’t respect its terms.
I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 31 maggio 2017
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