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Following President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, many US states, cities and organizations pledged their own actions on climate change. But can they implement the Paris climate agreement goals without federal government backing? Citing experts and drawing from some of the most recent climate data, journalist Warren Cornwall explains that reaching the Paris goals will not be possible if the Trump administration pursues policies that contradict them. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone interested in climate change.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How individual US states and cities reacted to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement,
  • Why the United States is unlikely to reach its 2025 emissions targets and
  • What it will take for the United States to reach the Paris goals.
 

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Warren Cornwall is a freelance journalist in Washington state.

 

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What are the United States’ commitments under the Paris climate agreement?

The goal of the nonbinding international Paris climate agreement is to keep global warming well below 2°C (3.6°F), which many scientists consider a “safe” limit. Under the 2015 agreement, the United States, which is the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged to reduce its carbon emissions to 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 26-28% by 2025.

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