John McCain urges action on Great Barrier Reef and Paris climate deal
The death of the Great Barrier Reef is one of the “great tragedies of our lives,” said US Sen. John McCain, arguing that the United States should confirm its commitment to the Paris climate deal or join with modifications Children.
Speaking in Sydney on Tuesday night, the veteran and former presidential candidate of the ruling Republican Party said that climate change is real and undoubtedly it was up to world leaders to act now to halt and reverse global warming.
“I think climate change is real. I think one of the great tragedies of our life is the Great Barrier Reef will die [and] the environmental consequences of this,” he said.
The position of the second carbon emitter in the world in the Paris agreement on climate change is uncertain and subject to worldwide speculation. The US commitment to reduce emissions or otherwise could have significant ramifications for other countries that support their promised cuts.
Donald Trump said he will announce this week whether the United States will honor the Paris carbon reduction commitments it agreed to in 2015 under its predecessor, Barack Obama.
McCain said he wanted to see the United States remain in the Paris agreement. “I would like to see … or accept the agreements that have been made by the Obama administration or suggest changes that would make us very tiresome and acceptable for us to join us.
“If we do not address this question, I am very afraid of what the world will look like for our children and grandchildren.”
Climate change has caused unprecedented mass whitening events in 2016 and 2017 on the Great Barrier Reef, killing nearly half of its coral.
The federal government’s and Queensland government’s two-year plan to protect the reef by 2050 would already be redundant because the impacts of climate change are much more severe than expected.
Recent studies have found that whitening is much smaller than expected, with more than 70% of the coral in shallow waters north of Port Douglas died last year.
McCain was in Australia as a guest of the US Center for Studies at the University of Sydney. In a far-reaching speech, he acknowledged that the Trump administration sank into the scandal, but urged US allies to stay in the US while sailing in difficult times.
He said that the reputation of the United States had suffered during the first months of Trump’s presidency as scandals over relations with Russia, nepotism, FBI investigations and founding relations with other world leaders shaken the administration with the paralyzing consistency .
“We are going through a difficult time,” McCain said. “We are really, and to tell you that we are not politicians, it is not fair, but we have been through other difficult times.” I remember the Watergate scandal and the way a president fired. President, but we are in a scandal, and every drop another drop of shoes of this centipie, and we must succeed.
McCain said US observers should look beyond the president.
“Our foreign friends have always tended to focus on the person in the White House, but the United States is much larger than that, America is our courts of law.
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