The United Nations has announced that 2016 is very likely to be the hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which had been the warmest year since records began. Meanwhile, Reuters reports President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord to combat climate change. Trump is a longtime climate change denier who has described global warming as a Chinese hoax.
The U.N. climate summit in Marrakech is taking place not far from the Mediterranean Sea, where thousands of refugees have drowned while fleeing war and famine, due in part to climate change. “One in 30 people will be displaced from their homes … unless we take action on climate change now,” says Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth International. He discusses President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with Brexit supporter Nigel Farage and notes that leaving would likely lower environmental standards in Britain.
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