United Nations chief Ban says Trump is changing, slowly

Later on in the afternoon, Marc Morano, an activist who doesn't believe the science of climate change, shredded a copy of the Paris Agreement outside the press tent while wearing a red Trump hat.

Mr. Kerry was addressing the media here on Wednesday at the United Nations climate summit that has been conducting its business under the shadows of the USA presidential election results. But Trump, who apparently knows fraud when he sees it, says the climate deal is dead to him.

If he follows through on his promises, he would undo the legacy of Obama, who has made climate change a policy priority and called the rising temperatures and other fallout from climate change "terrifying".

More than 365 businesses and investors, from more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms to small, family-owned businesses across more than 35 states, sent a strong message today to President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and other elected USA and global leaders, reaffirming their support for the historic Paris climate agreement and the need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy at home and around the world.

The scientific community agrees that global warming is happening.

"I urge other parties that have not yet ratified the agreement to do so", said President Kenyatta. Trump's opponent in the presidential election, Democrat Hillary Clinton, raised the issue of his tweet in a debate the previous night.

Trump has said he was "joking" about the Chinese conspiracy theory, but in multiple public statements has framed policies created to combat climate change as a threat to American industry.

Trump has called global warming a "hoax", and said he'd "cancel" the agreement.

Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, Kerry's speech at the United Nations climate talks was partly aimed at the Republican president-elect who has called global warming a "hoax" and has pledged to "cancel" the Paris deal limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Ministers and government officials from nearly 200 countries gathered in Marrakech this week are awaiting a decision by President-elect Trump on whether he'll pull the US out of the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.

"An agreement that links our economies more closely and that builds on rules that comply with our shared values would help us to grow over the coming decades and to remain competitive at the global level", Obama and Merkel wrote in a joint guest article for German magazine WirtschaftsWoche.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon counseled yesterday that "countries have strongly supported the [Paris] Agreement because they realize their own national interest is best secured by pursuing the common good". Yet, after the event, Trump's campaign viciously-and unsuccessfully-attempted to downplay his previous comments.

Among the diverse and iconic large and small US businesses signing the statement are DuPont, Gap Inc., General Mills, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Hilton, HP Inc., Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss & Co., L'Oreal USA, NIKE, Mars Incorporated, Schneider Electric, Starbucks, VF Corporation and Unilever.

The plans for emissions cuts the 195 countries involved in the Paris agreement floated a year ago would still allow global temperatures to rise 3.4 degrees, according to the UN Environment program.

Kerry was speaking Wednesday at a United Nations climate conference in Marrakech. This year is on track to be the hottest on record, blasting past the previous records set in 2015 and 2014. In fact, seven countries including Australia-not usually a leading light on climate action-have formally joined the agreement since the election.

The agreement calls for countries to meet every five years to review progress on reaching emissions goals, which are non-binding.

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