Editor's note

As anticipated, President Trump, standing in the Rose Garden at the White House, yesterday announced plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Our panel of academics and scientists argue this decision will harm the U.S. and world in multiple ways – economically, environmentally and diplomatically. Climate scientist and policy scholar Robert Kopp from Rutgers digs one level deeper and analyzes how bad (or not so bad) this dramatic change of course could be. In a counterpoint, Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash from the University of Washington suggest that “this withdrawal is a symbolic action with little substantive impact on climate mitigation.” Meanwhile on the geopolitical stage, Rutgers-Newark’s Simon Reich concludes that “many may well claim that June 1, 2017 was the day that America’s global leadership ended.”

Martin LaMonica

Deputy Editor, Environment & Energy Editor

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On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that the United States will leave the Paris climate accord. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Why Trump's decision to leave Paris accord hurts the US and the world

Travis N. Rieder, Johns Hopkins University; Anthony Janetos, Boston University; Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research ; Marina v. N. Whitman, University of Michigan; Matthew Russell, Drake University

A panel of academics and scientists explain the damages to the Earth, the economy and US moral standing in the world by Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate accord.

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