The attempt was met with protest and walkouts on Monday at UN climate talks in Bonn.
Ghana and Ukraine are among the countries for whom the presence of the US coal industry at the Bonn talks is an opportunity to strike energy deals.
Cooperation and sincerity are key to dealing with the challenges we face today, both natural and man-made.
Donald Trump said the global accord was “partial” to India and China.
World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal.
The Paris Agreement seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels, limiting the rise in average world temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Its political manoeuvring may have saved the day, but India is ill-equipped to confront the long term effects of the accord.
The Paris climate deal needs to be ratified by at least 55 parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change representing at least 55% of global emissions before it can enter into force.
Twelve candidates are vying to replace Ban Ki-moon. Climate change, especially ensuring the Paris deal is fully implemented, and sustainable development goals will have to be a top priority for the eventual winner.
Whatever narrative India internalises will have interesting implications for Indian foreign policy – and by extension the Asian security order – for years to come.
China successfully stared down the US in Seoul while trying to control the nuclear order – once an American playing field where Washington set the rules.
At a time when the countries of the world are increasingly facing the alarming effects of climate change, policies to combat it are trumped by utterly mercantile rules of the World Trade Organisation.
Details left vague by the 31-page Paris Agreement include how countries will report and monitor their domestic pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to changes such as more floods, storms, desertification and rising seas.
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 Republican presidential nominee has said in the past he believes global warming is a concept that was invented by China to hurt the competitiveness of US business.
The agreement sets targets for shifting the world to green energies by 2100 but is vague, for instance, about how governments will report and monitor their national plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Water scarcity will not have the same impact worldwide – Western Europe and North American economies would likely be spared, but rising economies such as China and India could be hard hit.