Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 21, 2017

President Trump has abdicated American moral leadership. Being aware of this, American information-technology and energy companies - major players in the US economy - have voiced their opposition to the USA pullout from the Paris accord.

Almost 80% of Democrats said they wanted the U.S.to stay in the pact, while only 8% said they did not. Interestingly, Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal itself is a moot point.

Cambodia, a member of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1995, endorsed the Paris deal.

Trump announced the United States exit from the 190-plus nation pact last week, drawing strong criticism from allies in Europe who vowed to turn to China and other countries as partners to implement the 2015 deal. The American absence is significant as the country is the second biggest carbon emitter in the world - and in a sense, this decision by the U.S. president could possibly threaten the future of humanity. From now on, China is likely to move to take the place of the U.S.as a global leader in the fight against climate change.

Trump's decision and the fallout ate up air time and front page space across the media.

Joining other governors and state and local leaders from the mainland, Governor David Ige signed legislation on Tuesday that will implement the steps outlined in the Paris Agreement in Hawaii. If so, is there really something to be alarmed about?

They are already linked up among themselves to share that knowledge through a South-South initiative called the LDC Universities Consortium on Climate Change, managed out of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development based at the Independent University, Bangladesh.

United States withdrawal from Paris agreement portrays ideal image of Garrett Hardin's concept "Tragedy of Commons".

Sadly, in 2001 when his son George W. Bush became the next Republican President, he announced that the Kyoto agreement's mandatory reductions in greenhouse gases and short timetable would be too expensive and unwise when the USA was facing energy problems.

Experts have warned that North Korea is at significant risk of climate change-related problems. What is more interesting is that state governments in the USA are ready to bypass the federal withdrawal.

In the Midwest, climate change threatens to increase the temperature of the Great Lakes, decrease water levels, degrade coastal habitats, and increase concentrations of invasive species.

Also, during the same period, the United States government refused to ratify the UN National Convention on Biodiversity (CBD).

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