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World leaders condemn Trump's decision to quit Paris climate deal

Michael Bloomberg is pledging to fill a funding gap created by President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, offering up to $15 million to support the United Nations agency that helps countries implement the agreement. With a whopping 195 nations having signed on to the historic Paris accord in a rare show of world solidarity to stave off ecological disaster, the accord signed during Barack Obama's presidency was one of the most momentous measures in recent memory. "Just the opposite - we are forging ahead", he said in a statement Thursday shortly after the president moved to leave the deal.

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement", Bloomberg added. When asked if the president has a long-term strategy for combating climate change, the two officials debated who should answer, with one murmuring to the other: "You go".

Expressions of shock and regret poured in from around the world, including from Pacific islands at risk of being swallowed by rising seas, who accused Washington of "abandoning" them.

Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party, tweeted: "You can withdraw from a climate agreement but not from climate change, Mr. Trump".

After many world leaders said they feared a bleaker future following the USA withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate-change agreement, Russian President Vladimir Putin was more upbeat about it.

"Strong transatlantic ties are far more important and far more durable than the latest unfortunate decisions of the new administration", Tusk said.

She said China is willing to strengthen effective communication and practical cooperation with the European Union to safeguard and advance the process of multilateral governance on climate change. "We will intensify efforts to meet each of our cities' current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy. If we all work constructively, we can agree on something". "We governors are going to step into this cockpit and fly the plane", Inslee told reporters.

Hendricks said the absence of $500 million contributions from the United States to the Green Climate Fund will be felt from 2018, but said it might be possible to fill the gap with "other financing mechanisms, for example through the World Bank".

And Pruitt doesn't seem concerned European leaders said they don't think the agreement can be renegotiated. "The president has indicated the climate changes".

Charlie Baker and Phil Scott, the Republican governors of MA and Vermont respectively, announced that their liberal northeastern states were joining the Climate Alliance and committed to the goals of the Paris agreement, as did their Democratic counterparts in CT and Rhode Island.

The UN World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday that, in the worst scenario, the USA pullout could add 0.3C to global temperatures by the end of the century.

California, New York and Washington, three of the states in the Climate Alliance, represent more than one-fifth of U.S. gross domestic product and account for at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, their governors said.

Asked about CEOs' criticism of the USA withdrawal, White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Friday said some companies that expressed support for remaining in the agreement raised concerns about the emissions reduction targets.

Tillerson's argument to Trump was that leaving the agreement would diminish USA influence in encouraging other countries to reduce their emissions, aides said. "More than ever, we need American leadership in the face of this major challenge".



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