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INNER MONGOLIA, CHINA - NOVEMBER 04: Smoke billows from a large steel plant as a Chinese labourer works at an unauthorized steel factory, foreground, on November 4, 2016 in Inner Mongolia, China. To meet China's targets to slash emissions of carbon dioxide, authorities are pushing to shut down privately owned steel, coal, and other high-polluting factories scattered across rural areas. In many cases, factory owners say they pay informal 'fines' to local inspectors and then re-open. The enforcement comes as the future of U.S. support for the 2015 Paris Agreement is in question, leaving China poised as an unlikely leader in the international effort against climate change. U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has sent mixed signals about whether he will withdraw the U.S. from commitments to curb greenhouse gases that, according to scientists, are causing the earth's temperature to rise. Trump once declared that the concept of global warming was 'created' by China in order to hurt U.S. manufacturing. ChinaÍs leadership has stated that any change in U.S. climate policy will not affect its commitment to implement the climate action plan. While the world's biggest polluter, China is also a global leader in establishing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

World Order Could Hinge On Solving Climate Crisis, Security Experts Warn

WASHINGTON — From flooding in coastal cities to conflicts driven by food and water shortages, people are already feeling the effects of climate change. And if the world does not mitigate climate...
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actor George Takei attends AARP's 16th annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Donald Trump Asked A Question. George Takei Delivered A Blistering Reply.

President Donald Trump asked a question during his announcement Thursday that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord. "Star Trek" actor George Takei had sharp answer. Trump h...
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 1: President Donald Trump walks out to speak about the US role in the Paris climate change accord in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 01, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

U.S. Now A 'Rogue State' After Leaving Paris Agreement, Former U.N. Envoy Says

President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement has made the U.S. a "rogue state," the United Nations' former envoy on climate change warns. Prominent human rights advocate Mary...