What it's about:
A year ago, President Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of a global pact to tackle climate change, a move lambasted by green groups which expressed concern other nations might follow suit.
Contrary to expectations, the U.S. policy shift has not stalled international action to deal with the effects of climate change, argues Alice Thomas, climate displacement programme manager at Refugees International.
In particular, progress has been made on addressing displacement caused by extreme weather and climate-related disasters, Thomas writes in a blog post.
The latest draft of the U.N. Global Compact for Migration - due to be agreed this year - includes commitments to boost assistance to vulnerable communities uprooted by climate change impacts, such as rising sea levels, Thomas notes.
Why it's noteworthy:
Environmental campaigners feared Trump’s promise to withdraw from the global climate pact would spark a domino effect.
But two more countries - Syria and Nicaragua - signed onto the agreement after Trump’s announcement, and the wider world appears firm in its resolve to implement the pact.
It is now clear that a U.S. departure will not stop other countries from striving for a cleaner, safer and more prosperous planet, Thomas writes.
Public interest in climate change is on the rise due to growing concern about the health risks of air pollution, Christiana Figueres, U.N. climate chief when the 2015 Paris Agreement was signed, recently told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
More people now understand that "this is happening right now and we can do something about it”, she said.
In December, countries will meet in Poland to discuss how to monitor emissions and how the global agreement can be implemented.
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