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Under the Paris Agreement, countries agree to voluntary limits on fossil-fuel emissions and set a goal of keeping temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.

However, questions still linger about how President-elect Donald Trump will impact the United States' commitment to this funding, as he has expressed the possibility of pulling out of the Paris Agreement and ending all USA federal funds for global warming initiatives.

President-elect Trump appointed a leading climate change denier Myron Ebell to lead his transition efforts on the Environmental Protection Agency and has not stepped back from his vow to slash environmental regulations he argued during the campaign are an undue burden on United States businesses.

While Trump's climate-change denial has become orthodoxy within the Republican Party, it is at odds with the overwhelming consensus of the world's scientists.

Trump's remarks appeared to mark a pivot from his stance on climate change during the campaign, when he said he would "cancel" the Paris Agreement if elected.

The reaction from environmentalists to Trump's apparent about-face ranged from guarded optimism to outright skepticism.

Those differences reappeared when respondents were asked whether they agreed that climate change is "a serious and pressing problem" that should be addressed even if there are "significant costs".

"What's said on the campaign trail, I should remind you, in America, is one thing; actually carrying out the specific policies is another, as we all know", Bloomberg said.

Trump's previously called global warming a "hoax" perpetuated by the Chinese to hinder US competitiveness, but he took a more moderate tone on the issue during the general election.

The best we can say at this point is that the president-elect does not appear devoted to actively denying the existence of climate change, and that it is not yet a foregone conclusion that he'll abandon the Paris Agreement.

"I renew my offer to President-elect Trump to come to Fiji and see the effects of climate change", said the island nation's prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, drawing applause from the conference.

Suddenly faced with the possibility that the USA could withdraw from the emissions pact adopted in Paris a year ago, countries rallied in support of the deal and said they would forge ahead no matter what.

The statements could mark a softening in President-elect Trump's position on U.S. involvement in efforts to fight climate change, although he did not commit to specific action in any direction.

Indeed, Ebell suggested that climate change could be a boon for the world.

The document reads: "We welcome the Paris Agreement...and we affirm our commitment to its full implementation".


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