Graphic courtesy of cop21paris.org

Graphic image courtesy of cop21paris.org

Hundreds of scientists — including noted physicist Stephen Hawking and biologist E.O. Wilson, and 30 Nobel Prize winners — are asking the United States to stick to the Paris Climate Agreement reached during the COP21 last December, according to a recent University of Hawai‘i release.

Days after the deal was reached last year, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Fox News the agreement had neither mandatory targets for reduction nor enforcement provisions because the U.S. Congress would not have approved them otherwise.

More recently, the Republican nominee for the presidential elections to be held Nov. 8 has advocated withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, as documented here and here.

On Sept. 20, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel Laureates and two UH Mānoa oceanographers, published an open letter drawing attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter also highlights the urgent need to reduce heat-trapping emissions as part of the Paris Agreement.