World pledges to save 'Mother Earth' despite Trump's snub to climate pact

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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has drawn criticism from all over the world, and most vocally from Hollywood.

"We provided our islands as a launching pad for them to achieve their objectives and now we are facing the biggest war of our time, they are abandoning us", he told the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation during a visit to the neighbouring island.

In a speech during the EU-China Business Summit, Jean-Claude Juncker said the parties agreed that worldwide solutions were needed in everything from the fight against terror to supporting global economic growth. Jake Jacoby said the actual global impact of meeting targets under the Paris accord would be to curb rising temperatures by 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

Scientists say every fraction of a degree change in average temperatures can lead to noticeable swings in local weather patterns, though exact consequences are hard to predict. The Paris accord is created to accelerate a transition away from fuels that emit greenhouse causing gases and toward wind, solar and electric vehicles.

Hours later German Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned reporters for an impromptu statement in which she called Trump's decision "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), called the decision a "devastating failure of historic proportions". "And they won't be".

And while China's commitment keeps the Paris deal alive, it could struggle without USA support to persuade the rest of the world to live up to its promises.

India's 2015 pledge for the climate deal makes no mention of "billions of dollars". "Our ongoing negotiations on an investment agreement are a constructive means to re-balance the situation and expand trade and investment".

In Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that the USA withdrawal won't prevent the rest of the world from pressing ahead with efforts to curb global warming. "It's obvious that without the participation of the United States the Paris agreement will be unworkable because the United States is one of the biggest generator of emissions", he said.

Only two countries chose not to sign the deal in 2015 - Syria and Nicaragua.

Mr Trump argued that the U.S. withdrawal made economic sense and would have a minimal impact on the environment, but he did not explicitly deny that carbon emissions from human activity were causing climate change.

"The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States", he said at the White House Rose Garden.

"City Hall shines green tonight because New York City will honor the goals of the #ParisAgreement", Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote in a tweet Thursday.

Spokespeople for other extractive oil and mining groups, like the National Mining Association and the American Fuel & Petrochemicals Manufacturers, declined to comment on Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. Just hours before Trump spoke, China's premier, Li Keqiang, stood alongside Merkel, and used careful words as he described China as a champion of the accord.

In the coming days, weeks and months, the Trump administration will need to implement the confused messages contained in the President's speech. "Every nation has a responsibility to act and to act now", Solheim said in a statement responding to Trump's announcement on Paris climate deal, according to PTI. Seated in the front row were aides who had advocated for the withdrawal, including EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger said they would leave White House advisory councils after Trump's move.

Trump's decision sent shockwaves among governments and climate change activists around the world.

As world leaders unite to tackle the most pressing issue of our time, Theresa May is clinging to the coat tails of Donald Trump as he marches America off the world stage.

White House officials acknowledged that under the deal, formal withdrawal may not take place until after the 2020 election.

Paris Jackson tweeted, "Oh great the United States officially no longer acknowledges climate change! ignorance is bliss I guess. we're all gonna die".