Addressing climate change is an urgent issue

North Korea, one of the most diplomatically isolated countries, called President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord "selfish", "short-sighted and silly".

David Ige signed legislation that supports the Paris Accord this week, making it the first state to implement aspects of the worldwide agreement to fight climate change, reports NBC News.

"City of Helena will continue to support action to meet the Paris Agreement", it says.

One of the bills, SB 559, builds on plans and strategies to reduce carbon emissions in accordance with levels agreed on in the Paris agreement.

"The Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most unsafe and costly effects of climate change", reads the letter signed by local and state government leaders, universities and businesses. It proposes that the city prepare an annual report that documents specific activities it has implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, track its emissions and use of resources, and recommend future sustainability measures.

By withdrawing, the United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not to participate in the agreement, although it takes four full years to officially withdraw and a new president could reverse the decision before then.

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling says it's time for action on climate change.

The Paris Agreement commits countries to holding global temperature rises to "well below" 2C above pre-industrial levels, which will require global emissions to be cut to net zero by the second half of the century.

Cooper signed an open letter supporting the Paris deal, joining more than 1,000 other public officials and business leaders, including the governors of California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, and Hawaii, the Carolina Journal reported on June 6. "We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency". "Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States".

The Paris agreement on climate change has set out a global action plan to combat the risky effects of climate change.

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