Hawaii has become the first state to sign into law the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord, which calls for countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in "green" technology in the hope of slowing the effects of global warming.
Last week, President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
Gov. David Ige signed SB 559, which works to expand efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agreement with the global agreement. "Climate change is real, regardless of what others say". "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme".
"We are setting a course to change the trajectory for Hawaii and islanders for generations to come", Governor Ige said of the agreement. Ige also signed House Bill 1578, which aims to "identify agricultural and aquacultural practices to improve soil health and promote carbon sequestration - the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide to mitigate climate change".
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The weather also caused chaos throughout the city, knocking out electricity and cancelling flights and rail services. The BBC reports from Cape Town that before the storm, there had been several interfaith meetings to pray for rain.
Last week, several state governors and dozens of mayors across the US pledged to uphold the guidelines set forth in the Paris Accord following President Donald Trump's announcement that he was removing the USA from the agreement. In total, the statement says the businesses and investors who have chose to continue to participate in the Paris Climate Accord account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, such as Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of small businesses.
If there's one thing you wouldn't want as president of the United States, it's having most world leaders find more in common with the North Korean government than with America.
North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson joined a chorus of global leaders in expressing concern over Trump's decision to pull the USA from the climate-change agreement, calling it "short-sighted and silly". While Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement can't be completed until 2020, he has said his administration will "cease all implementation" of the accord effective immediately.
Only Nicaragua and Syria are non-signatories; the latter in the midst of a civil war, the other believing the agreement wasn't strong enough.