World leaders cheating on climate change numbers, says Greta Thunberg

James Marshall
January 22, 2020

US President Donald Trump has decried climate "prophets of doom" in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme.

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg said world and business leaders aren't taking the threat of global warming seriously. But then there was the attack on the climate change movement, all but mentioning Greta Thunberg, the teenage schoolgirl climate campaigner who was in the audience.

The key fact here being that this would not be able to be calculated before the November election date.

Late a year ago, the Trump administration began pulling the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement under which almost 200 nations set goals to lower emissions of heat-trapping gasses that lead to climate change.

Trump described low unemployment rates for African Americans and women.

"My generation will not give up without a fight", she said.

By far the greater part of it was given over to an extended paean to the U.S. economic recovery and its single-handed architect, one Donald J Trump (with a brief pause to give the Fed a kicking for "raising rates too quickly and lowering them too slowly").

What to look out for: It will be the first time that Trump meets with the new European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

On Tuesday night, Trump met with executives from 25 multinational companies and organizations over dinner.

Also, the president will meet with foreign leaders, CEOs, and heads of global financial organizations.

The brief comment from Trump came just hours after a marathon first day of the impeachment trial concluded across the Atlantic in Washington, capped off just after midnight by a shouting match between Republicans and Democrats that prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to admonish both sides. Trump will nearly certainly be acquitted by the Republican majority in the Senate, but the trial may produce surprises.

Trump has sought to highlight his trade and economic victories to contrast the impeachment proceedings. He attended in 2018, then skipped past year amid a government shutdown. It also remains to be seen whether businesses will back up their pledges on climate change with concrete action.

Ivanka stood behind her father while he spoke to the press, nodding her head in support of the US President but her expression appeared slightly terrified.

Trump, marking his second meeting of global political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF), also told a packed auditorium that trade deals struck this month with China and Mexico represented a model for the 21st Century.

The president, who has pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, has traded barbs with Thunberg on social media.

Thunberg mentioned she's spent a yr making an attempt to publicize the findings of a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that reveals nations can exclusively launch one other 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide in order to have the finest probability at conserving the rise in worldwide temperatures to underneath 1.5 levels.

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