On the consequences of the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement


“ Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement could have serious consequences on maintaining commitments from other states and more generally on the state of the planet, given that global warming is already happening and every year lost to counteract it increases the risk of producing irreversible effects on the climate. The procedure to exit the treaty – which entered into force on 4 November 2016 – takes almost four years to be completed, but the United States could immediately abandon all their cooperation activities, not participate in the new climate meetings of the UN and isolate itself from the rest of the international community on this issue ”

Translated from Italian.

Il Post, ‘Some American cities want to respect the Paris climate agreement’, Il Post


On Trump’s possible semi-withdrawal from the Paris agreement


“I think the greater likelihood is that Trump will end up not pulling out of the pact but instead adopting a passive approach towards [the Paris agreement and] meeting none of its commitments. I call it a ‘semi-withdrawal’ ”

Haibin Zhang, Peking University professor, expert on climate negotiations

On Trudeau’s failure to act towards slowing down climate change


“ I was part of the wave of hope that ushered in Justin Trudeau as Canada’s prime minister in 2015. I applauded Canada’s commitments to the Paris Agreement, especially our country’s push to limit the average global temperature increase to 1.5 C. But since Paris, Prime Minister Trudeau has approved two oil pipelines and one of Canada’s largest carbon dioxide-emitting liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, virtually ensuring that Canada will not meet its own climate targets. As the new US president works to dismantle hard-won climate initiatives south of our border, a clear and effective approach to climate change in Canada is more important than ever. ”

David Suzuki, ‘Rivers vanishing into thin air: this is what the climate crisis looks like’, The Guardian

On Trudeau’s inconsistent climate change words and actions


“ Trudeau says all the right things, over and over. He’s got no Scott Pruitts in his cabinet: everyone who works for him says the right things. Indeed, they specialize in getting others to say them too – it was Canadian diplomats, and the country’s environment minister Catherine McKenna, who pushed at the Paris climate talks for a tougher-than-expected goal: holding the planet’s rise in temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But those words are meaningless if you keep digging up more carbon and selling it to people to burn, and that’s exactly what Trudeau is doing. He’s hard at work pushing for new pipelines through Canada and the US to carry yet more oil out of Alberta’s tarsands, which is one of the greatest climate disasters on the planet. ”

Bill McKibben, ‘Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet’, The Guardian

On why the Paris agreement isn’t even close to required changes to limit the consequences of climate change


“ National climate change programs bear no connection to the commitments governments made at Paris. Even if these programs are fully implemented (they won’t be), they set us on a climate-change trajectory way beyond that envisaged by the agreement. And this is before we know what Trump will do ”

George Monbiot, The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces’, The Guardian