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Schoolchildren, all wearing shirts with the words: “Your Promise, Our Future,” streamed down the aisles at the close of the Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the UN General Assembly in New York, April 22, 2016.

Fossil-fuel apologists are blinding President Trump to the obvious: The Paris Agreement is a good deal for America. The climate pact delivers the global cooperation that’s key to avoiding climate catastrophe. The deal grows the global market for U.S. clean energy innovations and creates clean energy jobs at home. And it helps protect vulnerable communities from the droughts, floods, wildfires, sea level rise and deadly heat waves associated with climate change.

The White House has postponed a decision on Paris until after the Group of Seven summit at the end of May.

Paris climate talks, November 30

When the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, gaveled the Paris Agreement into existence on December 12, he said the day would go down in history. His words rang true. President François Hollande proclaimed it a “revolutionary” moment.

The Paris Agreement delivers a powerful signal to business, investors and communities that the nations of the world are committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon, clean energy economy.  

Damselfish swim in Palau's inner lagoon.

This is a guest blog by Megan McCrea, Assistant Travel Editor for Sunset magazine. She grew up in Colorado, graduated from Duke University and spent two years living and working on Kosrae and Palau as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her writing has appeared in print in Sunset, VIA and Diablo magazines and online on Healthline.com, Poetry Flash, VIA's Road Journals and Sunset's Westphoria.

melting glacier

When the United States assumes the chair of the Arctic Council this Friday, April 24th, it will have an extraordinary opportunity to lead on an issue that is high on President Obama’s climate agenda—reducing emissions of the climate pollutants black carbon and methane to slow the rapid warming and ice melt in the Arctic.  When foreign ministers of the council gather in Iqaluit this week, they will for the first time collectively tackle climate change in the region by adopting the landmark Framework for Action on Enhanced Black Carbon and Methane Emissions Reductions.

The UN climate talks in Lima, Peru.

After a long slog in overtime, the gavel came down at the UN climate talks in Lima in the wee hours last Sunday. Reviews are wildly mixed, with some heralding a major step toward a new global regime and others despairing that governments, beholden to fossil fuel interests, are committing us to a calamitous future. 

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