Bloomberg donates $4.5M to United Nations climate body after USA cuts

Michael Bloomberg could continue to provide money for the pact

"America made a commitment and, as an American, if the government's not going to do it then we all have a responsibility", Mr Bloomberg said on CBS. This fills in the gap that arose when the US Congress passed its omnibus spending bill on March 23, which only allocated $3 million to the United Nations agency, instead of the approximately $7.5 million that had been provided in previous years.

"In China, as you go to tighter and tighter climate policies, you continue to reduce pollutant emissions from coal, whereas the USA has already reduced a lot of its air pollution from coal through end-of-pipe technologies", Karplus said.

The choice to pay the fund less this year follows a series of decisions made by the Trump administration that run counter to the goal of limiting the effects of man-made climate change - including Trump's decision last year to opt out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Paris agreement, struck under former President Barack Obama's administration, committed 195 countries to reducing carbon emissions in an effort to slow climate change. "Therefore, sure, I'm going to send them a check for those monies that America had promised into the company like they got it from the national government". He said Trump should understand that America is part of the problem as well as the solution and should chip in and help the planet avert a disaster.

Bloomberg, who serves as an envoy for the United Nations on climate, will pay the remaining dollar amount that the us government should have provided to the global body. He also announced that his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, would help coordinate a USA effort called "America's Pledge" and submit a societal NDC - nationally determined contribution - in lieu of a government one.

As people around the world marked Earth Day on Sunday, 22 April, the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action announced a personal contribution of $4.5 million to the UN Secretariat for climate change.

His charity, Bloomberg Philanthropies, offered $15m to cover a separate climate change shortfall a year ago. "That is true", Bloomberg said.

Researchers created a model which showed how certain climate change policies would change the economy of China, the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter. "To debunk science and walk away from it is just ridiculous. It's changing. Everybody that looks outside their window can see that we have less snow here and more snow there and bigger storms and a whole bunch of things, that the oceans are rising and things are changing and you can't deny that".

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