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Climate Rulebook Likely Done This Year, With or Without U.S.

  • Rules on emissions targets will apply in almost 200 countries
  • UN still holds out hope that Trump administration will engage
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Fighting Climate Change, Without the U.S.


The climate rulebook being drafted to keep a lid on Earth’s rising temperatures should be finished by the end of the year -- with or without the U.S. government’s help.

Countries that ratified the Paris climate agreement meet in Poland in December, where they’re expected to put the finishing touches on transparency and verification measures ensuring that industries and economies abide by emission rules. It’s not yet clear how deeply the world’s second-biggest greenhouse gas emitter will engage in the process after President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the accord, said the United Nations’ top climate official.