By MARIA MORENOThe Associated Press|Posted May 01, 2018 05:58:03President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the United Nations climate change accord has created a global water crisis, with some countries and communities looking to clean up the polluted waters they use for drinking, bathing and cooking.
The U.N. treaty aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
While the pact includes a ban on carbon dioxide emissions, Trump said on Tuesday that the United States would continue to emit it anyway.
Trump, who has said that he would withdraw from Paris if it was not ratified, said the treaty is a “political document.”
He said he would sign it if it’s ratified by all countries and then withdraw.
Trump’s announcement was greeted with dismay by the leaders of the world’s biggest economies.
The U.S. has already signed the pact.
Germany, the European Union and China have already vowed to reduce emissions and China’s government has said it would be open to negotiations.
The United States has the largest amount of freshwater resources in the world, with about 1.5 trillion gallons of water and about 1 trillion acres of land, according to the U.K.-based National Water and Climate Center.