Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

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President Donald Trump's decision to quit the Paris climate accord will further erode U.S. moral and political leadership in the world, France's ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday.

A string of state governors, city mayors and powerful companies were quick to pledge to meet greenhouse gas emission targets regardless of Trump's decision. "While the specifics are a bit vague, the political message is clear: to keep pace with environmental commitments made as part of the Paris accord".

North Korea has in principle committed to fighting climate change and is a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"We are the testing grounds".

David Josar, a US Embassy spokesman, said it would be premature to discuss possible changes to US climate change funding in Cambodia before the 2018 budget was finalized. He says tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching and coastlines are eroding. "We must acknowledge these realities".

South Africa will not change its policies towards climate change, he added.

"The measure adopted relevant sections of the Paris Agreement as state law, which gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawaii despite the federal government's withdrawal from the treaty", state Sen. Google searches for "climate changed" also peaked in the U.S.in the last 30 days, as did searches for "trump" and "trump climate change".

Then, the governor 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".

Trump's announcement that the United States would withdraw from the global accord drew ridicule from foreign leaders around the world and made the USA one of only three countries not signed up to the accord, the others being Nicaragua and Syria.

Hawaii was the first in the nation to commit to goals outlined in the Paris agreement Tuesday.

Council members welcomed Gray's announcement and agreed to consider a resolution supporting the goals of the Paris agreement at council's upcoming meeting on Tuesday. We're out. We have to go it alone or at least join Nicaragua and Syria, the only two countries that did not sign on to the agreement in 2015.

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