U.S. a Rogue State if Trump Gets Wish on Climate Deal, Says UN Envoy

The United States will be a “rogue country” if President-elect Donald Trump successfully pulls out of the Paris climate accord, said United Nations envoy and international human rights advocate Mary Robinson to Reuters Sunday.

Robinson, former president of Ireland, said: “It would be a tragedy for the United States and the people of the United States if the U.S. becomes a kind of rogue country, the only country in the world that is somehow not going to go ahead with the Paris Agreement.”

As a U.N. envoy for climate change, Robinson met with women in drought-stricken parts of Honduras, she said.

“I saw the pain on the faces of those women. And one of the women said to me, and I’ll never forget, ‘We have no water. How do you live without water?'” Robinson told Reuters. “I’m hearing that all over the world.”

Indeed, Robinson’s warning came on the same day that a World Bank report showed increasing natural disasters are pushing 26 million people into poverty each year. The report was made public at COP22, currently underway in Morocco.

“Severe climate shocks threaten to roll back decades of progress against poverty,” said World Bank president Jim Kim at the climate conference, according to the Guardian. “Storms, floods, and droughts have dire human and economic consequences, with poor people often paying the heaviest price.”

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