Putin urges 'joint work' with Trump on climate

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The dispute is the latest round of a years-long battle between scientists and politicians over how to interpret facts about the effects of burning fossil fuels on the global climate, and translate them into policy. "I can assure you, France will not give up the fight".

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping to coordinate the plan to circumvent Mr. Trump's decision.

Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, said his administration would begin negotiations either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new agreement "on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers".

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said "I have a message for the rest of the world. President Trump is not putting America first, he is tethering it to the past". The way forward is for U.S. cities and states to enforce it. Americans are even eager to do their share. "Sustainability has always been part of our DNA: It's integral to how we live and work and is essential to our environment".

"It's now necessary to look forward after last night's announcement by the USA administration", she said, adding that Europe's biggest economy will continue to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris accord.

"There is no backsliding on the Paris agreement", Juncker told an EU-China business conference on Friday in Brussels. "A risky world", Macron said, referencing the cataclysmic effect of climate change all but completely ignored by the Trump administration.

United States president Donald Trump's announcement that the USA will pull out of the Paris Agreement was met nearly exclusively with disagreement and worry. "Collectively, these actors remain committed to the Paris accord".

She adds that "we need this Paris agreement to preserve creation".

"The agreement does not affect the Israeli economy".

Elkin's predecessor Avi Gabai had signed the agreement in 2015.

"I refuse to accept the premise that the United States or the world is better off when we refuse to lead or even join the struggle against this global threat", he said.

Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement fulfilled a campaign promise, but was expected to meet widespread opposition both at home and overseas.

"I do not agree with all of the president's policies and decisions, including today's announcement to exit the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, which I believe is a critical step forward in addressing climate change", Fink said in an e-mailed statement on Thursday.