Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord

Hawaii enacts law committing to goals of Paris climate accord

"We in good faith, the European Union, the USA under the previous (Barack Obama) administration, China, India and several other countries, subscribed to the Paris agreement".

Hawaii has just become the first American state to ensure their accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. "The way of thinking was that it would be our common interest to have this agreement and to implement it", Ambassador of the European Union to India, Tomasz Kozlowski said.

Hawaii has become the first USA state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global agreement. That did not stop Mr. Trump staging a "Pittsburgh, not Paris" rally in Washington on June 3, to celebrate his decision to withdraw.

Since taking office, Trump has sought to reverse several environmental regulations put in place under Obama he said are impediments to US businesses and job creation. Fortunately, a clean exit from the Paris Agreement will not take this away.

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"Certainly the entire time I've been mayor and really going back further than that the city of Burlington has always been taking proactive steps to address climate change and renewable energy issues and in some ways this is just a reaffirmation of that".

The Paris agreement commits the United States and other countries to keep rising global temperatures "well below" 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and "endeavour to limit" them to 1.5 degrees Celsius. "We see the impacts of climate change every day in the streets and homes of our cities - the extreme heat, flooding, and increasing health issues".

Second, the accord was non-binding, meaning the USA doesn't have to withdraw to avoid meeting its obligations-a pledge to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 and commit up to $3 billion in aid for poorer countries by 2020.

"They're already cleaner than fossil fuels, subsidies aside".

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