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China flexes its new climate action muscles in Bonn; Trump administration blinks

first_imgAt the United Nation’s mid-year climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Chai Qimin, director of international cooperation at the Chinese government’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy, joined other diplomats in warning the U.S. against pulling out of Paris.Chai and others firmly suggested that retribution in the form of trade deals, a carbon tariff, and possibly even military access would be on the table when the U.S. attends international forums such as the upcoming G7 and G20 summits, according Climate Change News.In an apparent reaction to the warnings from Chinese representatives and others, Trump administration officials have canceled a meeting in Washington, D.C., scheduled for today, in which the fate of the U.S. and the Paris agreement was to be discussed, Reuters reported. Flexing new muscles as the undisputed leader in global climate action, China is making it clear that if the Trump Administration follows through on its threat to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, there will be an angry international backlash and a tangible geopolitical price to pay.In an apparent reaction to warnings from Chinese representatives and others issued on Monday, May 8, at the opening of the United Nation’s mid-year climate conference in Bonn, Germany, Trump administration officials have canceled a meeting in Washington, D.C., scheduled for today, in which the fate of the U.S. and the Paris agreement was to be discussed, Reuters reported.In Bonn, Chai Qimin, director of international cooperation at the Chinese government’s National Center for Climate Change Strategy, joined other diplomats in warning the U.S. against pulling out of Paris. He and others firmly suggested that retribution in the form of trade deals, a carbon tariff, and possibly even military access would be on the table when the U.S. attends international forums such as the upcoming G7 and G20 summits, according to Climate Change News.“Definitely it will impact on other diplomatic arenas, already on G7 and G20, the Major Economies Forum as well,” Chai said. “President Xi (Jinping) and our ambassador to the United Nations have said several times that withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is irresponsible, which will harm the mutual trust in the multilateral mechanism.”In Trump’s “America first” campaign, he promised a host of moves that he said would bolster U.S. strength, create domestic jobs, and let the rest of the world shoulder more of the financial burden for military protection. But campaign promises have given way to political reality since Trump has taken office. He is now for NATO, not against it, for example, and he is now rethinking NAFTA, not tearing it up, as he had previously pledged to do.The Obama administration was instrumental in bringing China into the climate action fold in 2014, which led to the historic Paris Agreement in late 2015. That’s when 196 nations pledged for the first time ever to voluntarily reduce their carbon emissions to stem the worst effects of climate change by 2100.Undeterred by the Trump Administration’s climate change denialism or the threat to withdraw from the climate accord, every other signatory nation plans to move forward with meeting the voluntary carbon reduction pledges adopted as part of the Paris Agreement.There is reportedly significant disagreement within the Trump administration over a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which would take four years to accomplish — longer than Trump’s first term. Major U.S. corporations, even some fossil fuel companies, have urged the U.S. to stand by the agreement.Paula Caballero, global director of the World Resources Institute’s climate program, said in a conference call last week attended by Mongabay: “Those urging (Trump) to withdraw from the agreement have manufactured a misleading debate over whether the terms agreed to in Paris could be used to challenge the administration’s (reduced) plans on climate change. This legal infighting is a tactic to cover what is at its heart a purely political decision.“We firmly believe that weakening the U.S. commitment to climate action is foolhardy and would itself undercut American interests. It would erode trust and undermine U.S. standing internationally on a host of U.S. interests — from trade to national security. And most importantly, on the economic front, it would leave America behind while other countries are benefiting from the huge economic opportunities we are seeing around the world in transitions to cleaner economies.”At the 2016 mid-year UN climate conference in Bonn, participants were greeted by a triumphant photo taken after the signing of the historic Paris Agreement in December 2015. The United States is currently the only country considering backing out of the agreement. Photo by Justin Catanoso.Justin Catanoso, a regular contributor to Mongabay, is a professor of journalism at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Find him on Twitter: @jcatanoso.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img

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