5 June, 2017
Trump pulls US out of Paris climate accord
What you need to know:
- Trump is pulling the United States out of the Paris agreement to fight climate change, fulfilling a campaign promise, saying "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."
- French president Macron invited US researchers to find a "second home" in France. He said the whole world shared the responsibility to "make our planet great again."
- The Paris agreement, signed by almost every country in the world and ratified by most, aimed to limit the average temperature rise to 2C above pre-industrial levels.
- Trump characterised the agreement as a "massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries."
- Barack Obama said Trump was making America join a "small handful of nations that reject the future."
- Labour are calling on Bill English to voice NZ concerns in "the strongest possible terms" when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits next week. English says he will "register New Zealand's disappointment".