What would Paris climate deal look like without US?

China will continue with climate pact even if US pulls out

The White House signaled that Trump was likely to decide on exiting the global pact - fulfilling one of his principal campaign pledges - though top aides were divided. "AGAIN!" the United States leader said in a tweet late Wednesday, punctuating the post with his campaign slogan. Trump himself kept everyone in suspense, saying he was still listening to "a lot of people both ways".

Abandoning the pact would isolate the US from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions. "When the president has a decision, he will make that announcement, and he will make it clear what the basis of that is".

A U.S. withdrawal would come fewer 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.

"Over the last two years we've broken the mean global temperatures records (every year) - 2014 was a new record, 2015 smashed that record and we beat that again in 2016", Simmonds said.

The US is the world's second-biggest emitter of carbon dioxide behind China.

"China and the European Union. will implement the agreement", a senior European Union official told reporters on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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The Paris agreement has drawn surprising support from major companies, from oil giants like Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell to other corporate giants like Walmart and Apple.

Speaking alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Thursday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said China had "stayed true to its commitment" in fighting climate change over the past few years, including "promoting the signing of the Paris agreement". With a couple of leaks and tweets, the Trump White House is veering away from Republican priorities of repeal-and-replace and tax reform onto its backfoot, staggering to put a sensible gloss on another erratic non-sequitur.

"A stunning abdication of American leadership and a grave threat to our planet's future".

Business leaders argue that the Paris deal, also called COP21, will help generate new jobs, limit damage from climate change and help assert American leadership on the global stage.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Wednesday that Trump's intentions remained unclear regarding the Paris Agreement. "I can get back to you".

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which USA allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a US withdrawal. By 2035, it is estimated that more than $2.5 trillion in gross domestic product will be lost if the United States follows through on Obama's commitments.

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