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November 12 2016 at 18:09

Australia ratifies Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump concerns

by Cop22 Marrakech

Undeterred by Donald Trump's election victory in the U.S., Australia has (finally) officially formalised its commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia's pledge to curb carbon emissions Thursday, less than a day after climate change-denying Trump became president-elect — essentially putting the agreement under threat.

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"Almost a year from the Paris Conference, it is clear the agreement was a watershed, a turning point. The adoption of a comprehensive strategy has galvanised the international community and spurred on global action," Turnbull said at a press conference, according to news.com.au.

Australia will implement a target of cutting emissions 26-28 percent by 2030 as part of the agreement, easing concerns that the nation may miss the deadline to ratify.

Trump pledged to back out of the Paris climate agreement in May, after the Obama administration had previously committed to it.

Australia's decision to implement the agreement after a great deal of delay,could be read as an optimistic show of support for the worldwide project.

While the agreement's terms mean no country can back out until late 2020 at the earliest, if the U.S. dropped out of the overall climate convention, that could mean cancelling their climate agreement membership by default.

"When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through ..."
But Turnbull told reporters that if the U.S. fails to commit, Australia won't follow. "When Australia makes a commitment to a global agreement, we follow through and that is exactly what we are doing," he said.

Full text: http://mashable.com/2016/11/10/australia-ratifies-paris-climate-agreement/?utm_content=bufferae7a0#Gyh8btiUmOqw

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