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US Will Continue Participation in Climate Talks

"We look forward to working with colleagues and partners to advance the work here over these two weeks and beyond"

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    Trump Announces US Exit From Paris Climate Deal

    President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate change accord, which he called unfair to America. He said he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” (Published Thursday, June 1, 2017)

    A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington will continue to take part in talks about implementing the Paris climate accord, despite President Donald Trump's threat to pull out of the pact.

    Trump announced in June that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement unless he can get a better deal for the United States.

    Trigg Talley, the U.S. deputy special envoy for climate change, told delegates at the opening of the U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, on Monday that "we will continue to participate in international climate change negotiations and meetings, including ongoing negotiations related to guidance for implementing the Paris agreement."

    He added: "We look forward to working with colleagues and partners to advance the work here over these two weeks and beyond."

    Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    [NATL] Woman, 93, Rescued From Camp Fire by Her Garbageman

    Margaret Newsum, 93, had no idea that the Camp Fire was rapidly approaching her Magalia home until her caretaker left for the day and she turned on the television. She was quickly rescued by her friend Dane Ray Cummings, who decided to break company policy and rescue Newsum with his Waste Management truck. KCRA reports.

    (Published 6 hours ago)

    Germany's environment minister is declaring that the Paris accord to combat climate change is "irreversible" as negotiators gather to discuss how to implement the agreement.

    The two-week meeting that started Monday is the first major conference on climate change since President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris accord unless his administration can secure a better deal. Other nations are vowing to press ahead with the accord.

    German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks told negotiators that "we have to make significant progress on implementing the Paris agreement here."

    She added: "The Paris agreement is irreversible. We now have to do everything in our power to implement it and we do not have much time left."

    The U.N.'s weather and climate agency says 2017 is set to become the hottest year on record, apart from those impacted by the El Nino phenomenon.

    The World Meteorological Organization says this year is already on track to be one of the three hottest years of all time, after 2015 and 2016. Those were both affected by a powerful El Nino, which can contribute to higher temperatures. Last year set a new record for the average global temperature.

    The warning was timed for the start on Monday of the latest U.N. climate change conference, in Bonn, Germany.

    WMO says key indicators of climate change such as rising carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, rising sea level and acidification of oceans "continue unabated" this year.

    It said the global mean temperature from January to September this year was about a half-degree Celsius warmer than the 1981-2010 average.

    Fiji's prime minister has told climate negotiators that "the need for urgency is obvious" as diplomats opened talks on implementing the Paris agreement to fight climate change.

    Prime Minister Voreqe 'Frank' Bainimarama, who is chairing the two-week meeting in the German city of Bonn, offered greetings "from one of the most climate-vulnerable regions on earth" as he addressed the conference Monday.

    Bainimarama said nations should "meet our commitments in full, not back away from them."

    Man Rescues Animals After Wildfire Devastates Paradise, Calif.

    [NATL] Man Rescues Animals After Wildfire Devastates Paradise, Calif.

    Dan Sauvageau and his friends have been rescuing animals in Paradise, California, a town almost entirely destroyed by the Camp Fire.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 12, 2018)

    He didn't refer directly to President Donald Trump's announcement that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord unless his administration can secure a better deal.

    But Bainimarama says "the only way for every nation to put itself first is to lock arms with all other nations and move forward together."

    Diplomats and activists have gathered in Germany for two-week talks on implementing the Paris agreement to fight climate change.

    Environmental groups staged protests in the western city of Bonn and at a nearby coal mine ahead of the meeting to highlight Germany's continued use of heavily polluting fossil fuels.

    The 23rd conference of the parties, or COP23, opened Monday by Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe 'Frank' Bainimarama. The Pacific island nation is already suffering the impacts of global warming.

    Negotiators will focus on thrashing out some of the technical details of the 2015 Paris accord, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    Family: 'Code Word' Saved 10-Year-Old Girl From Kidnapping

    [NATL-MI] Family: 'Code Word' Saved 10-Year-Old Girl From Kidnapping

    Arizona authorities say a family's "code word" set up for emergencies likely thwarted a possible kidnapping. According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, a 10-year-old girl was walking at a San Tan Valley park with a friend when a man driving a white SUV pulled up next to them. The man told the girl her brother had been in a serious accident, and he'd been sent to pick her up. The girl had a bad feeling, and asked the man for her family's code word, a word she and her parents had established to let her know if a stranger was safe. The man didn't know the word, and quickly left. Children in the neighborhood told officials they have seen that SUV in the neighborhood circling the park several times a day.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018)

    While President Donald Trump has expressed skepticism, a recent U.S. government report concluded there's strong evidence that man-made climate change is taking place.

    Environmental groups staged protests in the western city of Bonn and at a nearby coal mine ahead of the meeting to highlight Germany's continued use of heavily polluting fossil fuels.