Trump Threat to Renegotiate UN Climate Deal Causes Dismay Abroad

"Any government that would want to turn its back on the Paris Agreement would be going against all commercial, economic and political trends," said Samantha Smith of the WWF conservation group.

"This is simply more proof that Trump's international antics would isolate the United States around the world and only 'negotiate' away American leadership," said Khalid Pitts, of the Sierra Club.

Last week, U.S. chief climate envoy Jonathan Pershing said that other nations were likely to push ahead with the Paris Agreement whoever wins the White House. China, he said, was acting partly to curb air pollution from fossil fuels.

"One of the most powerful outcomes in Paris was that it was not a contingent thing," he said.

The Paris Agreement will formally enter into force when 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of world greenhouse gas emissions have ratified. China and the United States, representing 38 percent, say they will join this year.

If the deal enters into force before the next U.S. president takes office next year, it will in theory be harder to pull out. Article 28 says any nation wanting to leave has to wait four years from the date of entry into force - the length of a U.S. presidential term.

(Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Angus MacSwan)


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