Daily Archives: June 3, 2017

How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science – The New York Times

A coal-fired power station in Mount Storm, W.Va., in January. The coal industry played an instrumental role in efforts to unwind the Obama administration’s climate policies. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg


WASHINGTON — The campaign ad appeared during the presidential contest of 2008. Rapid-fire images of belching smokestacks and melting ice sheets were followed by a soothing narrator who praised a candidate who had stood up to President George W. Bush and “sounded the alarm on global warming.”

It was not made for a Democrat, but for Senator John McCain, who had just secured the Republican nomination.

It is difficult to reconcile the Republican Party of 2008 with the party of 2017, whose leader, President Trump, has called global warming a hoax, reversed environmental policies that Mr. McCain advocated on his run for the White House, and this past week announced that he would take the nation out of the Paris climate accord, which was to bind the globe in an effort to halt the planet’s warming.

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Paris Climate Accord: As US steps back, China pushes forward


Published on Jun 3, 2017

World leaders have been voicing their concern about US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China would stand by its responsibilities on climate change and join hands with all parties to tackle it. Former US President Barack Obama accused Trump of “rejecting the future,” while British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump of her “disappointment” over the decision. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the withdrawal was “very regrettable”. What will Washington’s pullout from the Paris accord mean to the world? CGTN’s Liu Xin speaks to Zhao Hai, Research Fellow of the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University and Lo Sze Ping, CEO of the World Wildlife Fund in China.

06/02/2017: US’ withdrawal from climate deal; EU-China Business Summit; SPIEF Forum


Published on Jun 3, 2017

This edition of The Point starts by discussing the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. What will the move mean for the world? And will it draw countries closer together or curb the momentum of global efforts? The show then focuses on the EU-China Business Summit and the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. How will recent events influence economic cooperation between participants?

Trump climate deal: Modi vows to go beyond Paris accord – BBC News


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed his country will go “above and beyond” the 2015 Paris accord on combating climate change.

Speaking at a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Mr Modi described the agreement as part of “our duty to protect Mother Earth”.

Several global leaders have criticised President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris accord.

Mr Trump said the deal would impoverish the US and cost American jobs.

The Paris agreement commits the US and 194 other countries to keeping rising global temperatures “well below” 2C above pre-industrial levels and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

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Larsen C likely to create largest Iceberg ever recorded

Climate State

Published on Jun 3, 2017

Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days


Content: Antarctic ice rift close to calving, after growing 17km in 6 days http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre…

Larsen C video by British Antarctic Survey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAM0t…

Protesters interrupt Rex Tillerson’s Senate confirmation hearing

Lady Lara

Published on May 27, 2017

Tillerson Hopes For Climate Deal Perspective

Associated Press

Published on Jun 2, 2017

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Friday that “hopefully” people can keep the decision to quit the Paris Climate Accord “in perspective.” (June 2)