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One of the few countries with zero-carbon footprint, Bhutan said that climate change has started affecting its people.

The World Meteorological Organisation has warned that 2016 was set to be the hottest year on record by a significant margin livescience.com said.

"At some point, even the strongest skeptic has to acknowledge that something disturbing is happening", Kerry said.

Last December at the previous Conference, known as COP 21, 196 Parties to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement, so-named after the French capital where it was approved.

John Kerry speaks at the United Nations climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

"The president-elect is going to have to make his decision", Kerry said during a brief joint interview with VOA and Reuters at Abu Dhabi airport before his departure for Marrakech. The global energy revolution is indeed irreversible and we will be the generation that ends fossil fuels.

James Inhofe, one of the most vocal climate skeptics in U.S. Congress. But the right action now will create jobs and boost United States competitiveness.

Youths from across the us won a chance Thursday to pursue claims that the Obama administration didn't do enough to protect the environment from climate change when an OR federal judge rejected the government's request to dismiss their lawsuit.

The head of the United Nations environmental program, Erik Solheim, told ABC News last week that Trump "can only withdraw in the long term" from the Paris Agreement and the earliest that this would be possible is in 2021. A National Climate Change Policy, and a National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy have been formulated; and a high-level coordination body led by the President has been setup to align our policies with our global commitments on environmental issues.

He added: "The global unity around climate change once seemed to be unthinkable, but now it has become unstoppable".

"Potentially we'll be starting to see a real shift in the financing sector to withdraw finance out of coal".

French President Fran├žois Hollande, addressing nearly 200 nations meeting in Morocco on ways to slow global warming, said inaction would be "disastrous for future generations and it would be risky for peace".

If it pulls out of the Paris Agreement it would weaken the growing worldwide solidarity on climate change.

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Mr Trump's victory has lifted shares in coal producers, while knocking renewable energies.

"Climate has been changing for four billion years".

Beijing is innovating to build low-carbon cities, Steer suggested.

Scientists say a 2-degree Celsius rise would be unsafe for the planet. Instead he wants to produce more coal, more oil, and more natural gas.

"For developed and developing countries alike, the much lower climate damages in a 1.5C pathway means that economic growth opportunities can largely be preserved", said Michiel Schaeffer, co-director of climate science institute Climate Analytics and co-editor of the report.

"The world is already changing at an increasingly alarming rate with increasingly alarming consequences". The agreement was "irreversible", he said.

"It is not just about trying to persuade donors and financiers to put up more money, although we are definitely trying to do that, but it also about creating the environment that crowds in a lot more financing".

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin is also upbeat.

For those doubting climate scientists today, "there will be no comfort in 2050 if the scientists are then proven right", he said. The Chinese envoy meanwhile said that alternative green technologies would in fact help the United States economy.

I hope that we sustain the momentum and commitment achieved past year through the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, to stay the course required to address the challenges before us collectively with due diligence and responsibility. Indeed, he has already appointed Myron Ebell, a professional climate-change denier, to be the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kerry said Washington was well on its way to meeting targets under the Paris pact, and "I do not believe that that can or will be reversed".

Market forces, not politics, will dictate the world's energy future, the diplomat added. "I am confident China will take a lead role".

Businesses must continue with actions, innovations, and investments that reduce their impact on climate change.


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