President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord, a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to curb global warming, and his daughter is apparently very unhappy about it.
While a USA quit would be a "big blow", it is important to stay positive and look ahead, said the Dutch minister.
If the United States withdraws from the Paris accord, signed by almost 200 countries, then it would be a huge setback to the worldwide efforts to curtail global warming given the fact that the USA is the largest polluter in the world.
The US committed to reducing carbon emissions by 26-28% in a decade in signing onto the agreement.
"They can do a lot to combat climate change, whether or not Trump undermines the COP21 agreement".
"I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see", he said. "The Americans can't just leave the climate protection agreement. Trump believes that because he doesn't know the details".
The first option would be to exit the 2015 accord itself, but that would take almost four years to fully execute.
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It was formally adopted following the ratification by a sufficient number of signatories and took effect in November, 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said Tuesday in Berlin that failing to act on climate change would be "morally criminal".
Brown spoke in an interview with the Bay Area News Group in advance of a week-long visit to China to solidify climate and clean energy partnerships between California and Chinese provinces - ties is trying to forge with other states and provinces in the US and Canada. It's the centrepiece of President Barack Obama's climate legacy.
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S. in the pact.
Each nation submitted its own goals for curbing heat-trapping emissions.
A small team of Trump administration officials is reportedly weighing either going through the three-year formal withdrawal process allowed under the deal, or leaving the larger United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of which the Paris accord is one part-a more extreme route, but one that would vastly accelerate America's exit.
If President Trump does end up pulling out of the Paris climate accord, it seems Ivanka has failed to have a strong influence on his stance on climate change.
"Exporting coal or natural gas for example to other countries".
Juncker said G7 leaders "tried to explain this in clear simple sentences to Mr. Trump", but "it looks like that attempt failed".
What about the rest of the world?
Hundreds of high-profile businesses have spoken out in favour of the deal, including Apple, Google and Walmart.