UN chief: US may meet Paris climate goals despite exit

2017-07-03 22:30
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres at his first press conference with UN correspondents. (Bebeto Matthews, AP)

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres at his first press conference with UN correspondents. (Bebeto Matthews, AP)

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Lisbon - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the United States may meet the Paris climate agreement's targets despite pulling out of the deal.

Guterres says Michael Bloomberg, a UN special envoy on climate change, is "convinced" the US will reach the Paris goals. Guterres says that's because some US states, cities and businesses are committed to green energy regardless of the federal government.

Guterres said in a speech on Monday in Lisbon, Portugal, that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the global Paris agreement last month strengthened the deal to fighting global warming by prompting other major countries to reaffirm their commitment to it.

He named China, India and the members of the European Union as examples.

In Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, protesters marched against the climate and trade policies of major countries.

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