Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:30AM
US President Donald Trump (Photo by AFP)
US President Donald Trump (Photo by AFP)
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The Earth's climate has changed throughout history. But the current trend of global warming is of particular concern because it is believed most of it is directly caused by human activity. And the rate of change has been unprecedented; sea levels are rising faster than previously thought, rivers are drying up in a matter of days, and entire communities are being destroyed by severe storms or famines. 

This sense of urgency has spurred the need for global action. Late in 2015, some 195 countries signed an agreement in Paris to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and work on cleaner sources of energy. 

The United States, the world’s largest economy and its second largest polluter, signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement this past September. But President Trump has decided to pull the US out of the accord. He insists it is a “bad deal” for the US economy.  

What would this mean for the US, the planet and the Paris agreement itself?