Trump looks set to pull out of Paris climate deal

By Peter Stewart 18 November 2016
U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, 2nd left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, centre, celebrate after the proclamation of Marrakech, at the COP22 climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco, 17 November 2016. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, 2nd left, and Morocco's Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, centre, celebrate after the proclamation of Marrakech, at the COP22 climate change conference, in Marrakech, Morocco, 17 November 2016.

US President-elect Donald Trump seems intent on finding a quick way to pull out of the Paris agreement after he takes office on 20 January. This may slow immediate action on climate change, but other countries will seek to take over the leadership role undertaken by the United States under the administration of outgoing President Barack Obama.

At the COP22 talks in Marrakesh, which ended on Friday, governments from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris agreement, which came into effect on 4 November – four days before Trump’s election win. The talks in Morocco were attended by around 200 nations.

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