White House official: President Trump plans to pull US from Paris deal

President Trump, in a sharp reversal of Obama administration policy, is expected to announce the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement despite an appeal by European leaders to stick with the global treaty that would limit the emission of greenhouse gases.

Trump promised during his presidential campaign to pull the USA out of the deal.

She says no one government can stop the momentum toward tackling climate change, adding that Canada will continue "marching on".

Conservative Republicans in Congress began a pressure campaign as Trump prepared his final decision, urging him to withdraw.

Democrats quickly denounced the Trump administration's expected move to withdraw from the Paris climate accord Wednesday, calling it a political decision with grave ramifications for the well-being of the planet.

"The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the U.S. pulls out", he added.

De Blasio warned that without the Paris Accord, New York City remains increasingly at risk.

The departure of the world's second biggest source of greenhouse gases from the global accord created to reduce them would be a major blow. The U.S.is the second-largest emitter, contributing about 15 per cent, followed by the European Union, responsible for about 10 per cent.

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Musk indicated that he had been trying to persuade Trump to remain part of the climate agreement.

It went into effect in November following ratification by at least 55 parties accounting for at least 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Paris Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.

Trump has not yet made a formal announcement on what he plans to do about the deal, signed by 195 nations including the USA under President Obama, but according to multiple reports he is planning to pull out of the pact.

Reacting to news reports of Trump's decision, Samantha Power, President Obama's ambassador to the United Nations, posted on Twitter: "The end of the American Century". "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" the president tweeted, as several USA media reported he had made up his mind to quit the accord.

In Denmark, climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that "if true, this is a really, really bad signal from the United States".

"They're going to make their own decision, but we all need to be moving forward". Climate action is unstoppable.

Guterres said their pledges to limit the global temperature rise to below 2C and as close as possible to 1.5C "are historic - but still do not go almost far enough to limit temperature rise".

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