Trump Serves Notice to Quit Climate Accord, as Diplomats Work to Save It

Such efforts are expanding internationally. While the Paris Agreement focused on national governments, Ms. Tubiana said the actions of states, provinces, businesses and others were driving some of the most concrete changes. The challenge, she said, would be devising ways to turn all of those pledges into a system that can chip away at global emissions.

“Whatever happens on the United States side, even if a Democratic candidate would be elected, we have to prepare to have a structure,” she said.

The letter to the United Nations on Monday would allow Mr. Trump to officially pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement the day after the presidential election. The United States would still be allowed to attend negotiations and weigh in on proceedings but would be downgraded to observer status.

Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has promised that if elected, one of his or her first actions would be to re-enter the Paris accord. The notification of withdrawal all but ensured that climate change would be a major issue in the coming campaign, at least for some voters.

But analysts cautioned that even if the United States elects a Democrat in 2020, re-entry will not necessarily go smoothly. The Paris Agreement is the second global climate change pact that the United States joined under a Democrat and abandoned under a Republican. George W. Bush withdrew the United States from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

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