President Trump has previously dismissed global warming as a "hoax" created by China and has threatened to pull out of the Paris accord. To forestall catastrophe, the 195-nation Paris accord lays out a series of voluntary goals set by each nation.

Trump yesterday met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt, after his return from nine- day foreign trip, to discuss the Paris climate agreement "One of the topics that they discussed, of course, was the President's upcoming decision on the Paris Climate Accords", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference.

The Paris agreement's commitment to curb carbon emissions and limit temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees "do not almost go far enough", he said.

Former President Barack Obama signed up the United States for a carbon emissions reduction target of 26-28 per cent, based on 2005 levels, by 2025.

The agreement also established a $100 billion fund to help vulnerable countries deal with the effects of climate change.

An American withdrawal would come less than 18 months after the historic 196-nation pact was signed in the French capital - the fruit of a hard-fought agreement between Beijing and Washington under Barack Obama's leadership.

Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn told reporters on Saturday in Sicily that the president had told his fellow G7 leaders that "the environment is very, very important to me, Donald Trump" - but voiced his concern that the USA was falling behind India and China in manufacturing.

As a result, Trump could change US commitments, preserving its role at the table while adopting less-stringent greenhouse gas reduction targets than those set under the Obama administration.

But other top Trump advisers, including daughter Ivanka and Gary Cohn, the head of the president's National Economic Council, are said to favor staying in the treaty. Environmental activists, politicians and business leaders alike came out in favor of the agreement, in which almost 200 nations agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

She's criticizing what she says are "destructive and short-sighted" decisions by the Trump administration. The only other two countries that do not support the deal are Nicaragua and Syria.

That post includes a video link to an impassioned speech that Guterres gave on Tuesday, when he called on the world to intensify action to combat climate change.

The president vowed a year ago to "cancel" the Paris Agreement as president, but his administration has repeatedly delayed making a final decision on the matter.

The United States is among the 147 countries and parties that have ratified the agreement but President Donald Trump has voiced concerns that the deal signed by the previous U.S. administration could harm the USA economy.


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