- Title: U.N. estimates U.S. climate move could add 0.3 degree temperature rise
- Date: 2nd June 2017
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (JUNE 2, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF UNITED NATIONS BUILDING VARIOUS OF U.N. PANEL ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HEAD OF WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION'S (WMO) ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT, DEON TERBLANCHE, SAYING: "The indications are that it could be in the worst case scenario in the order of 0.3 degrees Celsius but that is, as you said, that's the worst case scenario and this is probably not what will happen." PANEL LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION SPOKESWOMAN, CLARE NULLIS, SAYING: "The U.S., like many other countries, has ratified the Paris agreement. The actual implementation of it very much depends on cities, on different levels of government, on the corporate sector, and the very clear message that is coming from the United States is that many cities, many states, many corporations, they are still committed to implementing the Paris agreement and it's the action on the ground, it's the action to cut the greenhouse gas emissions which is going to make the real difference on climate change." REPORTER TYPING NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. HEAD OF WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANISATION'S (WMO) ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH AND ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT, DEON TERBLANCHE, SAYING: "On a personal level we are worried but as an organisation probably we are not that worried because, as (WMO Director of Climate and Water Department) Johannes (Cullmann) also explained, we will continue to make sure that the scientific knowledge and information is out there so that decision makers at all levels can make the best decisions in the context of which they need to make decisions. So, I think this is an inspiring moment actually for all of us, as Johannes mentioned, to make sure that our messages are clear and that we provide the best information possible." U.N. LOGO
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- Keywords: Terblanche rise temperature United Nations Trump change Climate
- Location: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Switzerland
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JL5T8N
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- Story Text:The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord could add 0.3 degrees Celsius to global temperatures by the end of the century in a worst case scenario, an official from the U.N. World Meteorological Organization estimated on Friday (June 2).
Deon Terblanche, head of WMO's Atmospheric Research and Environment Department, said it was an estimate, since no climate models had been run to gauge the likely impact of the decision announced by U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday.
Terblanche added that this announcement was an "inspiring moment" which called for more communication and information to be given to the wider public on climate change.
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