Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

As Donald Trump targets India on climate change more voices in Washington will find a reason to praise India’s credentials. Illustration Jayachandran  Mint Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway
Christy Curtis | 08 June, 2017, 00:58

Trump's decision has left the U.S. as one of only three countries, along with Syria and Nicaragua, that are not part of the climate pact.

Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state to enact legislation implementing the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Texas, the largest producer of climate-changing carbon dioxide in the US and the biggest state economy after California, is a key figure absent from the list.

President Donald Trump announced last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and North Korea is not happy. We must acknowledge these realities at home.

The governor also signed HB 1578 (Act 033) which establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force within the Office of Planning to identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration - the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change.

"As an island state, we are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment".

President Xi leaves for Kazakhstan visit, SCO summit
The SCO was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Srinivas said there could also be a couple of bilateral meetings with the leaders of the SCO member countries.

Sen. J. Kalani English, who introduced the bill, said the measure "gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai'i, despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty".

After Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the accord last week, almost 250 mayors and a dozen states swiftly joined alliances promising to uphold the terms of the landmark agreement. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said the United States "should not provide aid to help developing nations reduce carbon emissions in their own countries", while 32 percent said the country should. The U.S.is the second largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions; under the accord, it had committed to reducing them a little over a quarter compared with 2005 levels by 2025.

"Obviously I'm disappointed with the current American administration decision to put out of Paris", Obama said.

Only two countries are not part of the global agreement - Syria and Nicaragua.

The latter's refusal to sign is based on the view that the commitments in the agreement do not go far enough, while the former is in the midst of a civil war.

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