This file photo taken on April 29, 2017 shows protesters in front of the White House during the People's Climate March in Washington, DC. AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM
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U.N. climate negotiators in Bonn were left frustrated Tuesday as the White House postponed a meeting to determine whether the U.S. will stay in the 196-nation Paris Agreement to curb planet-harming fossil fuel.China is the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases from burning coal, oil and gas with about 25 percent of the global total, followed by the U.S. with around 15 percent.The May 8-18 Bonn meeting is meant to start designing a "rulebook" for implementing the global deal to limit average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius over preindustrial levels.An American withdrawal would threaten not only its own pledge of cutting emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, but also those of poorer countries that depend on funds rich nations have promised in climate aid.The new administration has already moved to cut funding for climate bodies including the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat hosting the annual negotiations.
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