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Hawaii Signs Legislation To Implement Goals Of Paris Climate Accord Anyway

12 June 2017, 10:55 | Silvia Roy

After President Donald Trump decided last week to pull the United States out of the agreement, many governors and mayors vowed to uphold the goals the agreement set forth. "While the specifics are a bit vague, the political message is clear: to keep pace with environmental commitments made as part of the Paris accord".

David Josar, a US Embassy spokesman, said it would be premature to discuss possible changes to US climate change funding in Cambodia before the 2018 budget was finalized.

"We are the testing grounds".

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"As an island state, we are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment". He says tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching and coastlines are eroding. We must acknowledge these realities at home.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spent the last five days quietly calling up allies in Europe and Asia as he seeks to forge ahead with climate change policies and global co-operation in a world of "America First".

State Sen. J. Kalani English, who introduced the bill, said the measure "gives us legal basis to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies for Hawai'i, despite the Federal government's withdrawal from the treaty".

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"What the president has done, and what's happening in our country right now, we need to double down on our climate action plan", said the Rev. Steve Hammond of the Peace Community Church. Similarly, the two bills Ige signed into law are aimed at combatting greenhouse gas emissions, promoting carbon sequestration and improving soil health.

President Donald Trump withdrew the US from that agreement last week. Hawaii is joining at least 12 other states that have formed the U.S. Climate Alliance and promised to remain committed to the goals in the Paris deal.

The landmark accord signed by 195 countries intends to cut emissions and keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

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