Trump lashed over global warm­ing

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BRI­TISH physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing said US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Agree­ment could lead to “ir­re­versible” cli­mate change and turn the Earth into a hot­house planet like Venus.

Hawk­ing, fa­mous for his the­o­ries on black holes and the ori­gin of the uni­verse, made the re­marks in a re­cent in­ter­view with BBC in hon­our of his 75th birth­day.

Trump said he had de­cided to pull the US out of the Paris Agree­ment, a land­mark global pact signed by 195 par­ties.

“We are close to the tip­ping point where global warm­ing be­comes ir­re­versible.

“Trump’s ac­tion could push the Earth over the brink, to be­come like Venus, with a tem­per­a­ture of 250°C, and rain­ing sul­phuric acid,” Hawk­ing said. Xin­hua

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