At climate talks in Morocco, U.S. Special Envoy Jonathan Pershing said in the coming weeks officials expect personnel from Trump's transition team to arrive at the Department of State and begin planning the shape and thrust of American diplomacy for the next four years.
Jonathan Pershing told reporters at United Nations climate talks in Morocco he doesn't know what President-elect Donald Trump's "outlook" on climate policy will be.
The legally binding worldwide Agreement on climate change, among others, addresses issues of global warming, including its impact on food security and agriculture.
"It would be a tragedy for the United States and the people of the United States if the USA becomes a kind of rogue country, the only country in the world that is somehow not going to go ahead with the Paris Agreement", Robinson said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Sunday. The agreement itself includes a clause for withdrawal that requires countries to wait a three years after the agreement goes into effect to pull out - from that point, it takes a country a full year to officially leave the agreement.
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Trump could cancel the UNFCCC with an executive order, which would effectively pull the United States out of the Paris agreement within a year.
I think we do have to [remake the case for science directly to the president]. Morocco, the host for the talks, said the agreement that seeks to phase out greenhouse gases in the second half of the century was strong enough to survive a pullout. What's more, climate change denier Sarah Palin has gotten the nod as a possible pick for Trump's cabinet.
Speaking to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, Moroccan Foreign Minister and Climate Change Conference (COP22) President Salaheddine Mezouar said that China has an "extremely important role to play in accompanying, reinforcing and boosting South-South partnership and support sustainable development policies in the African continent".
More than 100 countries, including the U.S., have formally joined the agreement, which seeks to reduce emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gases and help vulnerable countries adapt to rising seas, intensifying heatwaves, the spreading of deserts and other climate changes.
Buhari signed the Paris Agreement on September 22, 2016 at the margins of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.
Alongside China, the United States has been a champion of the agreement.