As climatologists warn that global warming is movingfaster than predicted, with increasingly dire effects, President Trump appears to be turning a blind eye to this overwhelming data—information on climate change has beenremoved from the EPA’s website, and his administration has threatened topull out of the Paris Agreement. (That’s themilestone agreement signed under President Obama, in which nearly 200 countries agreed to reduce carbon emissions by 2025 by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 emissions level–that’s a reduction of 1.6 billion tons, which is crucial to keep global temperature from rising a damagingtwo degrees Celsius.)
Climatologists cite great danger if world leaders ignore Trump’s stance on climate change. “The Paris Agreement… is the best chance we have to mount an effective global response to climate change, Adrienne Alvord, Western States Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists tells Second Nexus. With the dangerous impacts of global warming becoming more apparent, she says, “It would be a mistake for the United States to withdraw from the agreement and give up an international leadership role on an issue that will have significant consequences for future generations.”
In agreement with her thinking, and in response to Trump’s blind eye approach, New York billionaire and former New York Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is also asking world leaders not to follow President Donald Trump’s lead on climate change. Bloomberg has expressed his intention to help save the planet through the publication of a new book, Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet, co-authored by former Sierra Club executive director Carl Pope.
“…what a tragedy it would be if the failure to understand that led to an unraveling of the agreement,” he wrote in an email to the AP. “We hope this book will help to correct that wrong impression — and help save the Paris deal.”
Though some critics believe he is just trying to sell his book, Bloomberg has invested
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