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Summary

  1. Donald Trump withdraws the US from the Paris climate change pact
  2. "In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw," he said
  3. Trump said he may renegotiate a better deal but European countries said that won't happen
  4. French president Emmanuel Macron says decision means US is 'turning its back on the world'
  5. The US is the second biggest greenhouse gas emitter in the world after China
  6. Greenpeace said this turns the US from climate leader to 'climate deadbeat'

Live Reporting

By Flora Drury and Max Matza

All times stated are UK

  1. Thank you for being with us

    That concludes a day of high drama in the White House and beyond.

    It has seen Donald Trump pull out of the Paris agreement much to the delight of his supporters - and the horror of those who believe climate change is man-made.

    His critics include the British and Canadian prime ministers, European leaders and his predecessor, Barack Obama.

    However, the coal lobby and many Republicans have applauded him for a decision they believe will keep energy prices low and jobs high.

    Read our story on the night's events here.

    And there is plenty more analysis of what this means - including:

    whether this will hurt Trump

    what it means for American leadership on a global stage

    the five effects the withdrawal is likely to have.

  2. BreakingBritish PM Theresa May 'disappointed'

    British prime minister Theresa May has told Donald Trump of her "disappointment" with his decision, Downing Street has said in a statement.

    "The Paris agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses," May told Trump by phone.

  3. America first, or America alone?

    How does this latest move play into Donald Trump's vision of American leadership on the world stage, the BBC's Paul Adams asks.

    Quote Message: A billionaire who is used to bending friend and foe alike to his will appears to struggle with anything more collaborative. But there are signs that his muscular approach, while popular among supporters at home, has already caused a shift in the tectonic plates of the global world order.

    Read his full analysis of where Trump stands here.

  4. Canada 'deeply disappointed'

    The US's friends across the border in Canada do not appear to be looking kindly on this latest announcement from the Trump administration.

    Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to share his views:

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    His words echoed those of the Canadian environment minister Catherine McKenna, who had earlier told reporters:

    Quote Message: Canada is deeply disappointed at the U.S. position. The Paris agreement is a good deal for Canada and it's a good deal for the world. No one country can stop action on climate change.
  5. Macron: US has turned its back on the world

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    Video caption: Paris climate deal: Macron pledges to 'make planet great again'

    The new French president has reiterated his invitation to American scientists to move to France and continue their work, saying the US might be turning its back on the world, but his country would not be turning its back on America.

    In a speech broadcast live on Facebook hours after Trump's announcement, Macron said there was "no plan B" when it came to climate change.

    Trump, he added, has "made a mistake for future of our planet".

  6. Coal lobby 'applauds' President Trump

    The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is delighted Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris agreement - warning that staying in would have led to higher prices and less reliable energy.

    Quote Message: We support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. The previous administration volunteered to meet one of the most stringent goals of any country in the world, while many other countries do far less to reduce their emissions. Meeting President Obama’s goal would have led to more regulations, higher energy prices, and dependence on less reliable energy sources." from Paul Bailey ACCCE President and CEO
    Paul BaileyACCCE President and CEO
  7. Is the Weather Channel trolling Trump?

    It certainly seems that way...

    A screenshot of the Weather Channel's front page on Thursday

    And if you need a reminder of the different forces at work behind Trump's decision to pull out, you can read US reporter Anthony Zurcher's piece here.

  8. Trump voters celebrate

    Rajini Vaidyanathan

    BBC News

    President Trump’s announcement in the Rose Garden felt like a campaign speech, just a little more muted and minus the crowds.

    To many of his supporters, leaving the Paris Accord is another example of why Donald Trump is a strong president.

    Trump voters I’ve spoken to are delighted with today’s news.

    "I’m celebrating, he’s saved jobs and businesses," James in Virginia told me.

    "It’s not worth the paper it’s printed on," said Will.

    "I think it was a bad deal in the first place," said Cathy.

    Marta in Texas said she wasn’t too familiar with the accord, but was "fed up" of environmental groups, which she views as "exclusive clubs".

    That sentiment is a view Trump supporters attach to other global organisations such as the UN and Nato.

    For them this is less about science, and more about sending a signal to so-called global elites.

    Many Republican voters lobbied against climate deals way before Trump came on to the scene - arguing they hurt business.

    By leaving the Paris Accord, President Trump has unravelled another thread of Barack Obama's legacy, and that’s another reason many of his supporters are celebrating.

  9. 'The world cannot wait  -  and neither will we'

    The mayors of 61 cities around the US have joined together to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris agreement.

    In an open letter, the mayors - representing 36 million people from Arkansas to Vermont - promised to "intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy".

    It concludes: "The world cannot wait  - and neither will we."

  10. 'Extraordinary moment of self-destruction'

    Nor did John Kerry hold anything back in his blistering interview with the BBC just a few moments ago!

    America's former top diplomat said: "It was fake news - the president was not truthful. He's put America last."

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    Video caption: Paris negotiator John Kerry: 'Grotesque abdication of leadership'
  11. US states go it alone

    The governors of Washington state, New York and California have announced the formation of the "United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene US states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change".

    They said they are "committed to achieving the US goal of reducing emissions 26-28% from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan."

    California Governor Jerry Brown told the BBC earlier this week he would now work with China on the issue.

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    Video caption: California to 'work with China' on climate
  12. Trump on climate change

    Though the US president did not speak today about his views on climate change, his previous tweets hold nothing back. He has called it "a total con job".

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  13. How hot is it going to get?

    So just what will happen to the temperature if everyone carries on as is - or if they follow through with their commitments to the Paris accord?

    Well, here's a handy graph laying out the current predictions:

    A graph showing projected increasing temperatures

    If you want to see more easy to understand graphs explaining climate change, you can take a look at them here.

  14. BreakingMacron: Deal cannot be renegotiated

    Emmanuel Macron has spoken to Donald Trump on the phone to explain to him that the Paris deal is not something he can renegotiate, Reuters reports.

    Macron invited America's climate change scientists to move to France after Trump threatened to cut funding to climate budgets earlier this year.

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  15. Where's Ivanka?

    Ivanka Trump, daughter of the US President, smiles during a meeting at the Saint Egidio Christian community in Rome, Italy
    Image caption: Is she hiding?

    Ivanka Trump has been at her father's side during pretty much every major event throughout his presidency (and before).

    And so her absence was remarked upon today, especially in light of the fact that she was said to oppose withdrawal from the pact.

    However, the White House was quick to point out this was a Jewish holiday, and said she was spending time with the kids.

    And her husband Jared Kushner? He was said to be in a meeting.

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  16. Playing to his base

    Matt McGrath

    Environment correspondent, BBC News, Paris

    President Trump’s statement is a very clear repudiation of the Paris agreement and international efforts to fund climate mitigation and adaptation in poorer countries.

    In many ways it is far worse than many had expected. He sees it as a clear job killer, as an economy strangler and a desperately unfair stitch up by other countries wanting to take economic advantage of the US.

    He spoke of being open to re-negotiating the deal or trying to build a new agreement - but the idea of "re-negotiation" is an unlikely scenario.

    The scale of his opposition, seeing the deal as "a massive redistribution of US wealth to other countries" is a clear indication that he has fully bought into an economic nationalist and climate denier perspective.

    The question of unfairness cropped up again and again, how the world’s worst polluters, China and India, had "no meaningful obligations" placed on them by the deal.

    He was scathing about the Green Climate Fund, saying it would cost billions of dollars - the US has pledged $3bn and paid around $1bn.

    The overall tone and content of his speech clearly plays to his base but is also a clear disavowal of multi-lateralism, especially on climate change and will definitely push other countries more closely together on this issue.

  17. Does Trump still believe climate change a hoax?

    The president failed to mention in his speech whether he now accepts that man-made climate change - which he once derided as a hoax - is real.

    Environment Protection Agency boss Scott Pruitt was asked on CNN after Mr Trump's speech what his boss's belief is now, but he would not say.

    Trump in the Rose Garden
    Image caption: Trump in the Rose Garden
  18. 'Disappointing and confusing'

    The president of the Marshall Islands, a string of Pacific Ocean volcanic islands that are viewed as vulnerable to rising sea levels, has condemned Trump's decision.

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    The leaders of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland have also condemned the move.

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