American official address UN climate meeting to defend Trump stance

Vastavam web: An American official will address the UN climate meeting in Bonn today, where envoys have battled to make progress in the shadow of President Donald Trump’s rejection of a global action plan.On the penultimate day of the annual climate huddle, most countries will be represented by heads of state or cabinet ministers at a “high-level segment”, but Washington sent an acting assistant secretary of state, Judith Garber.”It will be very interesting to see both the content and the tone” of Thursday’s speech,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Naomi Ages, a Greenpeace climate campaigner, said Garber would “likely reiterate Trump’s decision to withdraw, or try to bargain for better terms.”Announcing Garber’s participation, the State Department emphasised that the Trump administration’s position on the climate-rescue Paris Agreement “remains unchanged”.The United States ratified the hard-fought global pact, championed by former president Barack Obama, just two months before Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax”, was elected to the White House.Trump announced in June that America would abandon the pact, but the rules prescribe this cannot happen until November 2020.
The US, the State Department said, “is participating in ongoing negotiations in order to ensure a level playing field that benefits and protects US interests.”The 2015 Paris Agreement, which took more than two decades to negotiate, commits countries to limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over Industrial Revolution levels, and 1.5 C if possible, to avert calamitous climate change-induced storms, drought and sea-level rises.
A report Wednesday said America’s withdrawal will boost global temperatures, calculated on current country pledges, by nearly half a degree Celsius by 2100, for a total of 3.2 C.UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a diplomatic push Wednesday to reinvigorate the Bonn talks.