Hawaii enacts laws adopting Paris climate deal pledges

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The government will also launch a website dedicated to attract climate change researchers from the United States and other countries as well as businesses involved in climate-linked innovation to France, Castaner said.

Hawaii has become the first state to enact a law that aligns with the Paris agreement after its governor signed two bills into law Tuesday that "support the commitments and goals" of the accord, Gov. David Ige's office announced Tuesday.

The signers agree the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the US transition to clean energy is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness.

In 2015, 195 countries agreed in Paris to set individual targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with the shared goal of limiting the rise in average global temperatures to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

"President Donald Trump was absolutely prudent and courageous to withdraw from the Paris climate accord", Murray said.

Furthermore, Washington was very effective in weakening the Kyoto Protocol consistently using its political influence and its power in the climate negotiations, although it was not a party to the protocol, Chademana said.

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George Edgar, ambassador of the European Union to Cambodia, said the country is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, adding that the EU was spending millions of dollars on "targeted and ambitious" climate programs in the country.

"There are still some in powerful places who are resisting reality, who are resisting the obvious science that we know governs our lives", Brown said during a speech on the sidelines of a ministerial-level clean energy meeting.

Hawaii also joined the United States Climate Alliance, a group of states dedicated to upholding the accord.

'Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth, ' he said. The US will not see new coal jobs, as natural gas is cheaper and renewable energy is more cost competitive. We can not afford to mess it up.

HB1578 will go into effect on July 1.

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