World leaders are still reacting to US President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the Paris deal on climate change. On Friday, top Chinese and European Union officials restated their commitment to the agreement. Meanwhile, the UN has predicted that Trump’s decision could cause global temperatures to increase by 0.3 degrees C by the end of the century.
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Countries around the world continue to respond to US President Donald Trump’s dramatic decision to pull out of the Paris climate change deal. In a joint statement, senior Chinese and European Union officials announced that their countries will remain committed to the agreement and united in the fight against global warming. The Indian government also announced that it will continue to uphold the agreements that have been signed on the issue.
During the meeting between the senior European Union officials and top representatives from China, the sides called Trump’s decision a mistake. “Our joint leadership provides businesses, investors and researchers – in Europe, China and around the world – with the certainty they need to build a global low-carbon economy,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
The Indian government has also joined the many countries that have restated their commitment to the deal in light of Trump’s announcement. “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India has turned clean energy into a part of [its] belief [system],” India’s energy minister explained.
In addition, Russia announced on Friday that it will remain committed to the agreement. “Russia is still committed to the climate deal that was signed in Paris two years ago despite President Trump’s announcement about the US leaving it,” stated Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. “We made the decision to sign the agreement and I don’t think we will change it.”
After Trump made the announcement on Thursday afternoon, the responses from all over the world and within America started to pour in. Former US President Barack Obama said: “The nations that remain in the Paris Agreement will be the nations that reap the benefits in jobs and industries created. I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack.”
Meanwhile, the UN’s World Meteorological Organization estimated that in the worst case scenario, America’s withdrawal from the agreement could add 0.3 degrees C to worldwide temperatures by the end of this century. According to the head of the organization’s Atmospheric Research and Environment Department, this figure is only an estimate as climate models have not been tested yet.