President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement puts the United States in an odd club of only three nations that have not signed the landmark climate change accord. It's a decision that could isolate the U.S. from the global community for years to come.
As climate negotiators met in Bonn this week, Indian Energy Minister Shri Piyush Goyal offered a bold assertion, saying India would stand by its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement "irrespective of what happens in the rest of the world." Here's a progress report on India's progress toward its renewable energy goals.
What's true for sports is true for tackling climate change: to make things happen, you have to agree on the rules of the game. Climate negotiators seeing in Bonn this month will be working to do just that to translate the vision of the Paris Agreement into action.
When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week for her first meeting with President Donald Trump since his inauguration, she has made clear she intends to raise the issue of climate change. Her voice would join a rising chorus of global leaders who favor the Paris Agreement.
The climate denier engine is revving up again. Last weekend, an article in the Mail on Sunday attempted to cast doubt on the strength of climate science, and it has been taken up by the U.S. House Science Committee, which has been prone to promoting more climate denial than sound science. The news article doesn't just misinform; it is not grounded in facts.
At his Senate confirmation hearing, Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil who has been nominated as the next secretary of State, provided measured and carefully crafted answers, but did little to reassure the American public that he would lead on climate change.