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Monday, May 15, 2017

U.S. vows commitment to Arctic climate change research

U.S. vows commitment to Arctic climate change research

The United States will participate in advancing climate change research in the Arctic, a State Department official said on Monday, ahead of a summit of Arctic nations later this week where Washington's commitment to tackling climate change will likely be questioned.

The administration of President Donald Trump, who has taking steps to bolster the U.S. oil and coal industries, is reviewing former President Barack Obama's plans to curb climate change.

Trump vowed during his campaign to "cancel" the Paris climate deal within 100 days of becoming president - a time period which has already passed - and has asked his advisers to debate whether the United States should stay in the pact.

The Paris climate pact was agreed by nearly 200 nations in 2015 to curb warming by slashing carbon dioxide emissions.

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