On 1 June 2017, Donald Trump (DT) announced that his administration was withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement. The world’s largest economy is taking no responsibility for US historical emissions, instead reneging what his country. Trump’s exit is a deeply immoral, reprehensible act.
Meeting the world’s agreed climate goals in the most cost-effective way while fostering growth requires countries to set a strong carbon price, with the goal of reaching $40-$80 per tonne of CO2 by 2020 and $50-100 per tonne by 2030.
The AXA chair, which was launched on 6 April 2017, is the first of its kind in Africa. It will fund 15 years of research that will inform better management of climate change risks. New is the first holder of what AXA calls a successional chair – a new scholar will be appointed every five years. Future positions will offer “an opportunity to develop the careers of researchers who are close to associate professor level,” says New, adding that it would help entice the best climate change researchers to set up shop at UCT.