Trump Sword Of Damocles Hangs Over Global Climate Action

The mood at last week's global climate conference in Marrakesh was generally upbeat, surprisingly so given that it coincided with the election of sometime climate denier Donald Trump as head of the world's number two polluter. Oil and gas firms, including US ones, increasingly see themselves as part of the solution.

Almost a year after the historic Paris climate change agreement inked at the UN’s 21st climate Conference of the Parties (COP 21), its follow-up COP 22 held from 7-18 November in Marrakesh was expected to be more down to earth.

The summit had the more complicated task of ironing out the implementation rules of the Paris agreement whilst ensuring that its high-level political vision remains unscathed, amid growing doubts over future US engagement after the election of climate-skeptic Donald Trump.

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