New York — An architect of the Paris Agreement on climate change thanked US President Donald Trump yesterday for his policies supportive of fossil-fuel industries, because they effectively provoked companies, investors and cities into cutting greenhouse gas emissions. “Every time we hear yet another inexplicable attack on someone or something or some social value or some environmental value, it causes the opposite reaction,” said former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres at a Bloomberg conference held in Davos during the World Economic Forum (WEF). She calls Trump’s White House “the dark house” because of what she describes as an executive mansion absent of enlightened policy. Figueres, who operates an initiative called Global Optimism, said research since late 2015 has shown there to be a more substantial difference than diplomats were aware of between their high- and low-end warming goals. An October report by the UN-backed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for t...

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