Chicago Emissions Drop 11% As Rahm Slaps Trump On Climate Change

The new assessment is good news for small island states such as Tuvalu which could be inundated by rising seas if the average temperature rose by more than 1.5C

The Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, was created to protect communities most vulnerable to climate change impacts. "Chicago's North American Climate Summit and the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards 2017 will be critical events in our collective effort to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement". "We are in the midst of an energy revolution". "There is a revolution occurring in energy in response to consumer demand and government incentives".

These were based on projections that suggested nations had already produced too much greenhouse gas to limit global warming to between 2C and 1.5C above 19th-century levels.

Stressing the need for "a surge in diplomacy today" and "a leap in conflict prevention for tomorrow", he said that it is possible to move from war to peace, and from dictatorship to democracy. " The abstract of the study even states that if emissions peak and and then decline before 2030 and then continue to decline the warming would range within 1.2 and 2 degrees Celsius. Things will have to progress a lot quickly", Kathie Dello, climate scientist and associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at Oregon State University, told in a phone interview. Research institutions in the United States and elsewhere that have been significantly funded by the USA government are already concerned that financing will cease to come in and are now looking outwards to help.

Trump told the United Nations on Tuesday that the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it did not keep its nuclear ambitions in check. "For starters, that means cities and states joining the fight for 100 percent renewable energy, and doing it fast".

Released today (18 September) by NewClimate Institute and The Climate Group to coincide with start of Climate Week NYC, the report shows that current commitments by non-state actors would take the U.S. around halfway towards achieving its climate pledge by 2025, if fully realised.

Paula Caballero is the climate program director at the World Resources Institute and joins us now from United Nations headquarters in NY. "It's an idealized flawless mitigation strategy".

"One country in particular has used its veto as many times in the last five years as in the whole of the second half of the cold war".

"Thats not what this is about", she noted.

California, New York, and other members of the U.S. Climate Alliance have collectively cut greenhouse gases 15 percent since 2005, putting them within reach of the national goal of reducing emissions at least 26 percent by 2025, according to a report Wednesday.

Speculation that Trump would reverse course and remain in the Paris deal was heightened after the European Union's climate chief, Miguel Arias Canete, said Saturday in an interview that the USA had signaled it wants to seek new terms from within the agreement, rather than withdraw outright and then renegotiate. Trump didn't respond when a reporter asked if he would stay in the deal.

British prime minister Theresa May has issued a veiled warning to Donald Trump, arguing that his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate change treaty ranks alongside North Korea's nuclear missile tests as a threat to global prosperity and security.