Bosnian Environmentalists Denounce U.S. Pull Out of Climate Accord

Bosnian environmental activists joined a global outcry against the United States pulling out of an international climate accord. They said they were worried the President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord would empower global polluters, reported Associated Press.

Trump said the United States would be willing to rejoin the 2015 accord if it could obtain more favorable terms, but the leaders of France, Germany and Italy said in a joint statement that the agreement cannot be renegotiated.

Activist Samir Lemeš of the Eko Forum group in the industrial town of Zenica voiced hope the “unfortunate decision” would energize environmental protection efforts.

“This (move) is an accident our planet had been made to suffer, but it should be used to raise global awareness,” he said.

Samir Lemeš

The Paris accord aims to prevent average temperature around the world from heating up by more than 2 degrees Celsius before the end of the century, compared to before the start of the industrial age. European and Chinese officials joined to affirm their commitment to the Paris agreement, widely considered a landmark deal for bringing together almost all countries under a common goal.

Scientists say every fraction of a degree change in average temperatures can lead to noticeable swings in local weather patterns.

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