Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Legislation Supporting Paris Agreement

The mayors of Pittsburgh and Paris have united in voicing their support for the Paris Agreement after President Donald Trump invoked the two cities while discussing his reasons for pulling out of the accord.

David Ige, shown here in 2014, has signed a bill to implement goals of the Paris Agreement in his state. When the USA actually completes to process of pulling out from the Paris agreement, which would take years, it would join Nicaragua - who thought the accord didn't go far enough in combating climate change - and Syria - who didn't want to be beholden to other governments - as the only holdouts. "We are especially aware of the limits of our natural environment", Ige said before signing the document. He says he was motivated by the signs of climate change he sees daily in Hawaii: "Tides are getting higher, biodiversity is shrinking, coral is bleaching, coastlines are eroding, weather is becoming more extreme". "Together, we can directly contribute to the global agenda of achieving a more resilient and sustainable island Earth", Ige said in a statement".

Israel greenlights largest West Bank settlement construction in 25 years
The last round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians collapsed in 2014, mainly over the expansion of the settlements. Almost 400,000 Jewish settlers are estimated to be living in the West Bank along with 2.8 million Palestinians.

It also creates a commission to establish strategies to combat climate change and develop plans to manage the impact of rising sea levels. Another bill establishes a "Carbon Farming Task Force", which will evaluate agriculture and aquaculture practices for improved soil health and carbon sequestration.

Hawaii became the first state Tuesday to enact a law that aligns with the Paris agreement.
. Hawaii is one of many U.S. states and cities to affirm the principles of the Paris Accord and agree to uphold the treaty despite the federal government's rejection of it. Hawaii County managing director Wil Okabe emphasized the importance of the laws' passage. The governors behind the alliance say states can meet the goals of the accord without hurting their economies.

New Smart Speaker Expected as Apple Kicks Off Worldwide Developers Conference
CEO Tim Cook said Amazon Prime Video, which includes original series like "Man in the High Castle", would be added to Apple TV. Against other smart home assistants, the HomePod's targets are different from ostensible competitors like the Amazon Echo.

"I care deeply about the greatest trading partners, the greatest friends we've ever had, in Canada", he said. Unfortunately, that appears to be where President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has landed us.

Trump said on Thursday that the landmark 2015 climate agreement threatened millions of jobs and productivity, and that he would start a multi-year process to withdraw from the deal, which has been signed by nearly every other nation on Earth. Nicaragua and Syria are the only two countries that have not signed it, and the United States is the only country to have withdrawn from the pact.

Grande returns to lead Manchester concert
Grande enlisted some of music's biggest names for the benefit concert, including Justin Bieber , Katy Perry and Liam Gallagher. As details emerged of Saturday's terror incident, Grande responded with a tweet: "Praying for London".

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