United Nations hopes Donald Trump will ‘reconsider’ exit from Paris deal, says climate chief

President Donald Trump listens as Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Mains Paper 3: Environment | Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

The following things are important from the UPSC perspective:

Prelims Level: Background

Mains Level: Important statement given by the UN climate chief.


News

Important statement by the UN climate chief

  1. According to him, the United Nations is hopeful that US President Donald Trump will change his mind on withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, and will stay in the 2015 global deal

Background

  1. US move to pull out of Paris climate pact could add 0.3 degrees of warming: UN
  2. The chief said the Paris Agreement had now been ratified by 175 nations
  3. The climate deal set a goal of keeping the rise in average global temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, and ideally to 1.5 degrees
  4. The world has already warmed by about 1 degree

Major concern

  1. One major concern is nailing down an annual $100 billion that rich countries have promised to raise by 2020 to help poorer nations ramp up efforts to deal with climate change
Climate Change Negotiations – UNFCCC, COP, Other Conventions and Protocols
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