Magazine article Geographical

Heads or Tails

Magazine article Geographical

Heads or Tails

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Geographicals regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at the US under Donald Trump

Can a single person derail the world's unanimous resolution to try saving the planet, better known as the Paris Agreement? As improbable as it may seem, if that person occupies a desk in the Oval Office, the answer is affirmative. 'The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.' So tweeted Donald Trump, the man about to take the seat behind that desk.

If the United States, a long-time leader in fossil fuel emissions, decide to walk out of the international agreement signed in 2015, they may indeed encourage a few other countries to do the same, triggering a backlash with ominous long-term consequences. However, the post-electoral Trump said recently to the New York Times: 'I have an open mind to it. We're going to look very carefully', something very far from what the pre-electoral Trump declared. Since it looks like Hillary Clinton won't be prosecuted, a Mexican wall won't be erected, and Muslims won't be banned from American soil, maybe coal-fired plants won't be allowed to spew as much carbon dioxide as they want either. …

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