U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim says the decision by President Donald Trump to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord "in no way brings an end to this unstoppable effort".
(AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage). This photo dated Thursday, June 1, 2017 shows the City Hall of Paris, France, illuminated in green following the announcement by US President Donald Trump that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord. "More than ever, we need American leadership in the face of this major challenge".
The leader of the country to next hold the rotating presidency of the European Union called Trump's decision "very bad, very negative".
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"A United States withdrawal from Paris will be a disappointment to the climate community, but it may also embolden other countries to fill the void left by the USA and take on a greater leadership role", said Glen Peters, a Norwegian scientist who tracks global carbon emissions.
And he was even firmer on the prospect, raised by Trump, of a renegotiation.
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It's a surprising spot for China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, which less than a decade ago was better known for its growing contributions to global carbon emissions than for its role in mitigating them. It joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to it.
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The EU's climate change chief, Miguel Arias Cañete, said that Thursday was a "sad day for the global community, as a key partner turns its back on the fight against climate change".
In a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House, Mr Trump said he was fulfilling his "solemn duty to protect America and its citizens".
"We provided our islands as a launching pad for them to achieve their objectives and now we are facing the biggest war of our time, they are abandoning us", he told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation during a visit to the neighboring island. "As someone who cares deeply about the environment, I can not in good conscience support [the deal]".
He then cited the example of China and said that under the agreement, the Communist giant will be able to increase these emissions by a staggering number of years - 13.
Trump accused New Delhi of trying to extract "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord.
Trump stated that more coal mines will open in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia "and so many others".
According to the White House, Trump "personally explained the decision" and "reassured the leaders that America remains committed to the Transatlantic alliance and to robust efforts to protect the environment".
Protesting Trump's dismissal of the climate change threat, members of the President's Council - Elon Musk (Founder of Tesla, an energy storage company) and Robert Iger (Chairman of Walt Disney) - have announced their resignations.