Trump sends 'much smaller' team to United Nations climate change summit

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Theresa May is facing calls from Britain's leading environment and development groups to use her influence to persuade Donald Trump that the USA must remain committed to the Paris climate change agreement.

President Donald Trump is expected to make a decision soon on whether to exit the Paris Agreement.

However, Trump has called climate change a hoax multiple times, including during a 2015 presidential campaign rally in SC.

This is nonsense. World negotiators considered making the agreement's climate commitment language stronger, preventing countries from backtracking on their pledges.

One of the top architects of the Paris climate deal says President Trump can't offer a less ambitious target than his predecessor did, an opinion that buttresses the views of opponents to Paris in the White House.

Four US sources briefed on White House meetings, who asked not to be named, told Reuters on Tuesday that opponents of the 2015 accord to cap greenhouse gas emissions had won the upper hand in recent days about whether to pull out or remain in the accord with a reduced commitment. Stern says that option is a "bad signal, bad example to others - but it's better than pulling out of the agreement all together".

This was supposed to be a highly technical and uneventful meeting to flesh out some of the details in the Paris Agreement. A USA exit would not necessarily doom the deal, but it would significantly undermine its credibility and further diminish the chances the world will meet the agreement's target of keeping global temperatures from rising more than 2°C (3.6°F) by 2100.

If the US withdraws from the Paris climate accord - an option gaining favor among top White House advisers - Charming Betsy may be partly to blame.

McKibben said most Americans were opposed to Trump's stance and actions on climate change issues, with several marches organised in Washington DC to resist Trump on these issues.

"We definitely want to ask the Senate and the U.S. Congress to keep as much of the U.S. contribution as possible to the United Nations and to the climate work". Environmental lawyers and the US architects of the Paris deal dispute that interpretation.

The 2017 Peoples Climate March was the second such event, as activists previously gathered to advocate for action against climate change in New York City, N.Y., on September 21, 2014. They decried President Donald J. Trump's efforts to roll back environmental regulations while expanding oil and gas drilling, along with other policies that they say will have drastic consequences for the earth.

While U.S. representatives are in Bonn, Germany, next week for the United Nations talks, Trump's advisers will meet Tuesday to discuss what to do about the global pact known as the Paris agreement, officials said.

A White House spokeswoman said a decision had not yet been made and gave no further details. State, city, and local governments play a crucial role as well.

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