In this article, Johnathan Watts writes about how "The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased at record speed last year to hit a level not seen for more than three million years." Watts also includes that "The last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was during the Pliocene era (three to five million years ago), when the sea level was up to 20m higher than now."
In article by Lisa Friedman, it is explained why Trump advisor, Gary D. Cohn, says the Trump Administration is leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. Friedman included that alhtough Trump plans to leave the agreement, he and his administration still want to work with other nations to prevent climate change. This indicates that Friedman agrees with the decision, but her thoughts are still unclear.
This article by Kevin Liptak explains President Donald Trump's reasons for wanting to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump feels that the agreement is not fair to the U.S economically, and says that he would be willing to stay in if the agreement would be renagotiated. Liptak, who is not clear on his views about the issue, includes that U.S allies have become weary about Trump's decision.
Author Rick Noack writes that after Nicaragua joined, Syria and the U.S are now the only two countries not on board with the Paris Climate Agreement. As explained in the article, Noack stated that "Nicaragua’s initial reasons not to be part of the deal were vastly different from those of Syria or the United States. Officials in Managua believed that the agreement did not go far enough in protecting the world from climate change. They argued that the deal was merely based on voluntary pledges and that there was no mechanism to punish countries that failed to meet those commitments." Noack also includes in his article to that Vice president Daniel Ortega said “It [The Paris Climate Agreement] is the only instrument we have in the world that allows the unity of intentions and efforts to face up to climate change and natural disasters.” Although not clearly stated in the article, it is clear that Noack believes that the U.S should stay on the agreement, due to the fact that he uses many sources that show the positive effects of preventing climate change.
This article by Timothy B. Lee explains why Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, left the presidential councils. On June 1st, 2017, Musk tweeted "[I] am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world." Musk was one of the few CEOs who supported President Donald Trump, and served on his Strategic and Policy Forum.
This article by Kurt Wagner explains how Mark Zuckerburg, billionare and founder of Facebook, thinks pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement "puts our children's future at risk." Zuckerburg has expressed his opinions not just through Twitter, but also spoke to students at Harvard about the negative impacts of climate change.