UN climate change agency reacts cautiously to Trump plan

ice floe floats
FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo an ice floe floats on a lake in front of the Solheimajokull glacier, where the ice has retreated by more than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) since annual measurements began in 1931. The trillion-dollar question of who should pay for global warming is coming to a head in talks on an international climate pact, as developing countries worry they won't get enough money to tackle the problem. With just five weeks left before a U.N. climate summit in Paris, developing countries closed ranks at weeklong talks ending Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Bonn and called on wealthy nations to make firm financial commitments to help them fight and adapt to climate change. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool, File)

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. body tasked with tackling climate change says it will wait and see what impact U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to roll back the previous administration’s efforts to curb global warming will have.

The head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change says she is watching “with interest” the suspension and review of Obama-era regulations ordered by Trump on Tuesday.

Patricia Espinosa’s cautiously worded statement Friday — three days after the U.S. announcement — adds that the precise impact on UNFCCC and its work “remains unclear at this juncture and perhaps will only become clear over time.”

Espinosa says that “budget proposals in the United States often involve long and complex negotiations before they are finally approved in part or in full by Congress.”