US works on climate interests relevant if Trump stays in UN pact

A flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the energy giant's head office in The Hague Netherlands in 2014

A flag bearing the company logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the energy giant's head office in The Hague Netherlands in 2014. Peter Dejong AP

The negotiations also approved a draft 2018-19 budget for the United Nations climate change secretariat despite uncertainties about the USA contribution.

"You have to have the USA on board ultimately to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement", Bill Hare from Climate Analytics told news agencies.

Agreed by almost all world governments in December 2015, the Paris Agreement took effect less than a year later, in November 2016.

Stop me if you've heard this one: The U.S. shouldn't act to cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions because it would harm the economy while China and India are building coal plants and emitting whatever they want.

Largely thanks to a decrease in coal consumption in both countries, the analysis suggests that annual emissions from the two countries combined are on track to be about 2 billion to 3 billion tons lower in the year 2030 than previous estimates have indicated. The coalition includes cities, states and provinces who have signed the worldwide Under 2 MoU agreement promoted by Brown to reduce emissions at faster rates than called for under the Paris agreement on global warming.

Pro-Paris Trump advisers months ago floated the idea of using a reversal on Paris to gain leverage for new global help for US fossil fuels, but ideas for how to do that never materialized.

By signing the agreement, Buhari committed Nigeria to reducing "Green House Gas Emissions unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally by 45 per cent" in line with Nigeria's Nationally Determined Contributions.

Work toward a two-year budget for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will affect support from the secretariat for the talks. Goyal also spoke eloquently of how a transformation towards clean energy will enable his country to eradicate poverty and his personal intention to overachieve and deliver early (by 2019) on India's target for achieving full energy access.

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The highest ranking Indian in the United Nations bureaucracy is Atul Khare, the Under-Secretary-General, Department of Field Support, who plays a crucial role in the peacekeeping operations. Renewable energy is on the rise as solar photovoltaic costs are continuously trending down in the country. These connections should worry us immensely.

According to Climate Analytics, a policy institute, 300 coal-fired power stations have to close in Europe by 2030 if the Paris goals are to be met.

"If we don't achieve the goals of the Paris agreement there are irreversible damages and consequences". This is complete speculation on my part, but there is serious reason to be concerned about how closely our government is aligned with the coal industry.

The actions of other governments - particularly the European Union - will also remain significant factors in the future of global emissions. We also know that PM Narendra Modi is closely associated with the Adani Group, and the Adani name has appeared several times with respect to black money investigations.

Half of the roughly 200 participants in China's biggest pilot emissions trading scheme did not execute a single trade in the first three years of the programme, while covered entities accounted for just 30% of total traded volume, an official report showed.

The dangers associated with global warming beyond 1.5 degrees will be devastating, including damage to India's agriculture and food security. India would see a significant slowing in the growth of Carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade if it fully implements recently-announced policies.

Just as coal plants are cancelled in the two largest emerging economies, in the USA, the Trump administration has started to roll back regulations created to constrict emissions.

"This is why we continue to advance the call for world leaders to keep to the 1.5 goal and to recalibrate climate finance" for poorer countries to build less polluting infrastructure and raise their defenses against climate impacts.

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