These structural changes could include investments in renewable energy, low-carbon infrastructure and plans to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. «Until global CO2 emissions are clearly down, it is clear that we will not only exacerbate climate change, but also faster than ever,» Rogelj said. Michael Doust, director of programmes at C40, said it was a key moment when cities could show what was possible ahead of tomorrow`s climate summit and next year`s COP26 in Glasgow. Kumi Naidoo, Director General of Greenpeace International, summed up the mood: «It sometimes seems that UN countries can`t agree on anything, but nearly 200 countries have come together and reached an agreement. Today, humanity has joined a common cause. The Paris agreement is only a step on a long road, and there are parts that frustrate, that disappoint me, but it is progress. The chord alone will not take us out of the hole we are in, but it makes the sides less steep. According to a new report, more than 50 of the world`s major cities are on track to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius and cope with the worst effects of the climate crisis. Emissions will be 4% higher this year than in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was signed. Governments are meeting this week in Madrid and next week to work out some of the final details of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and begin work on new commitments to reduce emissions by 2030.
However, the new report shows the increasing difficulty of this task. If the United States is no longer aware, China could have more geopolitical influence, including in the climate negotiations. It could also benefit greatly from clean energy production, especially if the United States continues to decline. «Five years later, I am proud that so many cities around the world are launching their plans to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is an important step in our efforts to accelerate the fight against climate change, and it shows the incredible leadership of cities on this issue. If Donald Trump is re-elected and the United States does not participate in the Paris agreement, other nations could probably adopt less aggressive climate change measures. The United States is the largest historical contribution to climate change, although it has only 4% of the world`s population. Donald Trump, whose withdrawal from the Paris agreement came into effect in the wake of November`s US election, avoided the climate summit. Countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and Mexico were excluded because they had not committed to meeting climate targets in accordance with the Paris agreement. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had tried to join the summit, but his promises were deemed insufficient and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro`s announcement of a net zero target just before the summit was ridiculed. At the last meeting of the Paris climate change talks on Saturday evening, the Chamber was full and the atmosphere was tense. Ministers from 196 countries sat behind their country`s badges, aid poured in, and observers crowded into the crowded room.
The Elysée official said he was disappointed by Trump`s approach: «We regret this and this makes the Franco-Chinese partnership even more necessary in terms of climate and biodiversity.» U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the situation Monday afternoon and said the agreement was an «unfair economic burden on American workers, businesses and taxpayers» and that the U.S. had already reduced its emissions from lower heat.