Diplomat resigns over Trump decision to ditch climate accord

He said now, there are 147 country ratifiers to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which entered into force previous year on November 7, 2016, including the USA.

Although the spokesperson did not give any explanation for Rank's departure, a CNN report on Tuesday cited inside sources as saying that the move was directly related to US President Donald Trump's decision to quit the Paris climate agreement last week.

Rank was serving in China when President Xi Jinping and then-US President Barrack Obama jointly declared their commitment to the Paris agreement, which has been signed by 195 countries and ratified by 147.

Failure to step up action against global warming would be "disastrous", California Governor Jerry Brown warned Tuesday as he seeks to fill the U.S. leadership vacuum on climate change.

But his decision to do so last week was met with much criticism worldwide.

John Pomfret, an experienced China watcher and author, said on his Twitter account that the career diplomat did not want to inform Beijing over Mr Trump's decision. Only two countries have not signed the Paris Agreement: Nicaragua, who doesn't think the accord does almost enough, and Syria, who is in the middle of a bloody civil war.

A senior USA official confirmed the account given in the tweets but added that after Rank announced his intention to retire on Monday in Beijing, he was told by the State Department to leave his post immediately.




In Beijing, California Governor Jerry Brown and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang on Tuesday have signed a memorandum of understanding on research, innovation, and investment to advance cooperation on low-carbon development and clean energy resources.

Although China has in recent years overtaken the USA as the world leader in renewable power development, it has struggled to integrate its sprawling wind and solar facilities into an electricity grid still dominated by coal-fuelled power plants.

An anonymous senior USA official confirmed this account to Reuters.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry is also due to attend this week's energy meeting in Beijing.

"It will be up to the American people to step forward and in Virginia, we are doing just that", said Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Trump claims the treaty was negotiated poorly and puts the United States at an economic disadvantage.

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