Whoever Wins in November, Climate Change Isn’t Going Away, Says Envoy

The U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change said whoever enters the White House next year will have to address climate change.

Jonathan Pershing said foreign officials often ask about the election, but he doesn’t think addressing climate change will be a problem no matter who enters office, ClimateWire reported on Tuesday. It’s a big enough problem that dealing with it will be inevitable for each party’s presumptive presidential nominee, he said.

“To me, there’s more likely to be continuity no matter who’s in office,” Pershing said in the ClimateWire interview, adding: “The priorities are very different – we certainly have heard different messages” from the candidates.

In the same month that Americans elect a new president, the Conference of Parties will meet in Morocco for the first major talks since the signing of a sweeping climate accord in Paris last year. The U.S. signed on to that agreement.



Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

A special science section of the National Climate Assessment and a separate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show the severe effects of climate change on the United States, potentially making it more difficult for President Donald Trump to roll back his predecessor’s environmental regulations.

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