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US withdraws from Paris Agreement: Time for China and Europe to lead

2nd June 2017

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Dr Christian Downie is a Fellow and the Higher Degree Research Convenor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University.

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President Trump announced overnight (2 June) that the United States - the World’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases - will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

RegNet’s Christian Downie argues in today’s The Conversation that it is now time for China and Europe to come together to lead the international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In yesterday’s The Australian Downie commented that “Leaders in Europe have already hinted at retaliation […] including a carbon tax on US imports. Should China follow the same path, together they would represent the largest import market in the world, giving them a very large stick to wave at America.”

You can read the full article in The Conversation here.

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