The US president’s administration may have announced the country’s pull-out from the Paris Agreement but the world, including US cities and organisations, has shown a steely resolve to see it through.
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash.
With Donald Trump having avowed to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has said the US has no right to be involved in talks on how to implement the deal.
Lack of expertise means money for climate protection is spent on consultancy fees, which African officials say end up back in wealthy countries.
After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan
The Green Climate Fund is supposed to finance the world’s shift away from fossil fuels. But fossil fuel-funding banks are eager to get on board.
The UN Environment Programme has increased by nearly five-fold its estimate of how much money the world will need to adapt to climate change effects.
The submerged islands were part of the Solomon Islands, an archipelago that over the last two decades has seen annual sea levels rise as much as 10 millimeters (.4 inch).
While all countries earlier agreed that the Paris agreement would be signed under the UN climate convention, India and others have warned against attempts to change the terms and conditions through the backdoor.
“The developed world has used coal for centuries, they have polluted the world and suddenly they wake up and tell us – you don’t use coal.”