The US has announced it’s seeking to make a new deal with other nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.
Key points:US president says he has spoken to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who says he wants to make the Paris Agreement a realityThe White House says it is working on a new climate agreement with other countriesThe US is seeking to strike a deal with Europe and China that will be more ambitious than the Paris agreementThe US president, Donald Trump, said he has had a “constructive” meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu, according to a White House statement.
The US President said he discussed the Paris climate agreement, which he said would have “the biggest effect on the United States in the long run”.
The US, a world leader in greenhouse gas emissions, has been the main negotiator for the Paris deal.
The White house said Mr Trump was “open to discussing a new agreement with countries that have already signed the agreement, and also with the other countries that are currently participating in the agreement”.
“I am hopeful that we can reach a consensus on the importance of addressing climate change,” Mr Trump said in the statement.
He said the United Nations climate conference in December would be held in New York, but added: “We have to have a global agreement.”
The US and China have been the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas in the world.
They have been accused of stalling on the Paris accord, which they rejected, while the US has also been under pressure to cut its emissions.US President Donald Trump arrives to meet Prime Minister Benny Gantz at the White House (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)Mr Trump said he was also meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Mr Netanyahu said in a statement that he hoped the two leaders would reach an agreement “on a framework for a new, climate-resilient world”.
“As we’ve seen in the past, the climate talks can be a great way to reach agreements and help resolve conflicts, but they can also be a time of uncertainty for countries trying to manage their climate challenges,” he said.
Mr Trump has previously criticised China over the climate negotiations, saying the country’s leaders “don’t understand” the risks of climate change.
“We need to do it now, before the problem is so much worse,” he tweeted.
“The Chinese are taking the US out of the Paris Accord.
They are taking our country out of it,” he added.”
If the United State wants to keep its place as a leader, we need to help them keep it.”
The UN’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, said on Friday that the talks in New Jersey could help reduce carbon emissions.
“I think it will help the climate because it’s going to create an atmosphere of cooperation and it will create an environment where we can work together,” she told reporters.