China will continue with climate pact even if US pulls out

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In their analysis of a special computer model designed to calculate effects, scientists told the AP that the data suggests a USA withdrawal from the climate change deal "could result in emissions of up to 3 billion tons of additional carbon dioxide in the air a year", which would then create severe rises in temperature that would "melt ice sheets faster, raise seas higher and trigger more extreme weather".

In a joint statement, the Chinese and European Union officials said that the Paris climate agreement is "an imperative more important than ever".

"I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days", he said in the tweet.

"At least previous leaders, even though their actions have been woefully inadequate, at least they recognised that there was a problem with climate, and something needed to be done", he said, describing Mr Trump as a "complete maverick" on the issue.

But Trump's chief White House economic adviser, Gary Cohn, told reporters during the trip overseas that Trump's views on climate change were "evolving" following the president's discussions with European leaders.

At the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters the climate debate was "controversial" and that the leaders of the other G7 nations - France, Japan, Canada, Britain and Italy - all urged Trump to remain a part of the 2015 agreement.

"As a big developing nation we should shoulder our global responsibility".

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Other European leaders issued more explicit appeals to the U.S. government not to abandon worldwide measures against climate change.

"Please don't change the (political) climate for the worse", European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted.

Russian Federation has also spoken out ahead of Mr Trump's decision with a Kremlin statement saying the Paris agreement would be less effective without the major participants. Musk said at the time that he would seek a consensus of fellow council members on recommendations for changes that could be suggested to Trump.

The exit of the United States, the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter, would not dissolve the 195-nation pact, which was legally ratified past year, but it could set off a cascade of events that would have profound effects on the planet.

If the United States were to pull out of the accord, it would join Syria and Nicaragua as three out of the 145 countries that have signed on to the 2015 agreement sponsored by the United Nations to slow climate change. The ad said that climate change is both a "business risk" and a "business opportunity", and said continued participation in Paris will actually benefit the USA economy and job growth.

Trump claimed before taking office that climate change was a "hoax" created by the Chinese to hurt the US economy, an assertion that stands in defiance of broad scientific consensus.

At the recent G7 meeting, other world leaders are understood to have urged Trump to stay inside the agreement, though the United States did not commit to the deal as other leaders did.

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Mr Trump is expected to announce in coming days he will withdraw the USA from the Paris climate agreement. "Climate change presents both business risks and business opportunities".

"[The US] can still keep some kind of presence in the negotiations, just as we did after we didn't ratify the Kyoto Protocol, and serve as a placeholder for the US to eventually re-enter the world community on this issue", Light says.

"President Vladimir Putin signed this convention when he was in Paris".

Carbon dioxide stays in the air for 100 years and about one-fifth of what's accumulated in the atmosphere over the last century came from the United States, more than any other country. Nevertheless, he suggested on social media that leaving the climate deal would be part of his broader national economic agenda that puts USA interests first.

Russian Federation joined the chorus speaking out in favour of the climate accord.

"Those who want to export their goods and services to our market also have to accept our standards", he said.

Scientists say Earth is likely to reach more risky levels of warming sooner as a result of the president's decision because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

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