Stories: Environment

  • U.S. cities and states poised to take on new role in climate diplomacy

    A gathering of about 200 nations working to combat climate change wrapped up on Friday in Morocco with a call to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump to join the fight against global warming. Trump’s election shocked delegates and activists assembled in Marrakech for two weeks of talks. Trump has said he would pull the U.S. out of the...

  • As Marrakech Climate Talks End, Worries Remain About U.S. Pullout

    This month's Marrakech Climate Change Conference, the first major meeting to follow a landmark climate agreement last year in Paris, had been billed as a gathering of "action." But a day after the conference began, the surprise election of Donald Trump as U.S. president threw the action into doubt, as representatives from about 200 nations struggled to regroup and...

  • Kerry assures of US commitment to tackle global warming

    United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, appealed to world leaders meeting in Morocco for this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) to support a global deal that seeks to tackle climate change. Kerry warned that global warming is an urgent threat, adding that failure to act will result in irreversible consequences. He pointed to rising sea...

  • Climate diplomats aim at Trump, but weapons are carrots not sticks

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—Climate change will not start the next international trade war. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s suggestion to tax United States imports for carbon emissions if it walks out on a global climate deal reached last year in Paris is a non-starter, diplomats and policy experts here said. “Addressing climate change should not be an...

  • United State’s involvement in Paris Agreement is top concern at the COP22 climate change conference

    Concerns about the United States’ involvement in combatting climate change are echoing worldwide as the United Nations conference on climate change continues through Friday. Some 200 nations are represented at the COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakesh, and that’s where we find State Impact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips. She joined Newsworks Tonight’s Dave Heller to discuss...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry says market forces will drive U.S. to meet Paris goals

    Speaking at the United Nations climate change conference in Morocco on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry struck a defiantly optimistic tone about the continued U.S. role in reducing global emissions. He addressed a crowd that had come to Marrakech elated by the success of last year’s Paris Agreement, but who are now worried that president-elect Donald...

  • Eye on Trump, Kerry promotes the business case for climate action

    MARRAKECH, MOROCCO—Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope during a Wednesday speech that Donald Trump would remain committed to the international climate regime, despite the president-elect’s insistence that he would pull the United States out of a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “I know [the US election] has left some here feeling...

  • UN warns countries of exposure to climate-induced disasters

    The United Nations (UN) is warning that failure by developed countries to meet a pledge of mobilising R1.4 trillion a year by 2020 to help developing countries reduce greenhouse gas emissions will expose poor nations to climate-induced disasters. UN secretary-general Ban ki-Moon is in Morocco to discuss details of the Paris Agreement. Ban says moves to save the world against climate...

  • African Ministers shelve draft declaration on Climate Change

    African Environment Ministers meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change conference on Monday declined to adopt a draft declaration on how to deal with the effects of climate change, after it emerged that not all stakeholders had been consulted. South Africa's Environment Minister Edna Molewa was the first to raise concerns over the...

  • Ban Ki-moon optimistic Trump will change his mind on climate

    United Nations Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon says he’s optimistic that president-elect Donald Trump can be convinced of the urgency to act on climate change. Ban spoke at a gathering of almost 200 nations assembled in Morrocco to work on reducing global carbon emissions. Trump has said he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreements ironed out in Paris last...