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The United States will formally withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but will seek to re-enter the agreement under more favourable terms.

Speaking at the White House this morning, US President Donald Trump said: “We’re getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that’s fair. If we can, that’s great”. Trump’s decision triggers a formal withdrawal process that will culminate in November 2020, the same month he will seek re-election. World leaders reacted furiously, with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel calling the US withdrawal a “brutal act”.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper