A replica of the Statue of Liberty by Danish artist Jens Galschiot emits smoke in a park outside the 23rd UN Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the hard-fought global pact cast a long shadow over talks marked by revived divisions between rich and developing countries.Unsettled by America's participation at the talks, delegates complained that not enough progress was made in developing a nuts-and-bolts "rulebook" for executing provisions in the Paris Agreement, which enters into force in just three years.The Paris Agreement, adopted to cheers and champagne in 2015, commits countries to limiting average global warming to under two degrees Celsius over Industrial Revolution levels, and 1.5 C if possible, to avert worst-case-scenario climate change.Nations submitted voluntary emissions-cutting commitments to bolster the deal, championed by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama. The predicted shortfall has grown by about 0.2 C since Trump's announcement that Washington will abandon the pact, which it cannot legally do until November 2020 .The U.S., which under Trump has slashed funding for climate bodies and projects, has taken a tough stance in the finance debate at COP 23 .
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