President Donald Trump's latest executive order aims to roll back many of the core elements of U.S. climate strategy, a move that threatens America's health and the country's economic prosperity. Here are details of the order's major provisions and their potential impact.
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The Trump administration’s budget proposal for the State Department and USAID would eliminate funding for the Global Climate Change Initiative, which supports hundreds of climate change programs and advances U.S. interests around the world. As a former USAID Foreign Service Officer, WRI's Rebecca Carter draws on her experience to show these programs are great investments.
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.
Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to be U.S. Secretary of State. Previously Tillerson was the chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest publicly owned oil and gas company.
Following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:
The world's intact forest landscapes, vast swaths of unbroken wilderness largely unaffected by human activity, are shrinking. That's troubling because these regions are key to fighting climate change.
At a Senate confirmation hearing, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Trump's choice to be Energy Secretary, showed a limited grasp of the relationship between fossil fuels and climate change, and did not make the connection to the need to transition to a low-carbon energy system.
In their confirmation hearings, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt and Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry stopped short of denying climate change is real. But they insisted—at odds with the science—that there is uncertainty about the causes and effects.
Does the future of city transport roll on two wheels? After a bike ride from World Resources Institute to Washington's National Press Club, advocates of city cycling offered advice on how to make bicycles a healthy, economical, environmentally sustainable mode of urban transportation.